Because of the precious metals used in manufacturing catalytic converters – a key device for reducing engine emissions in automobiles – the business of cutting and stealing such devices can be lucrative to thieves.
However, it didn’t pay off for three persons arrested by Garden Grove police Monday morning. According to the GGPD, officers patrolling in the area of Euclid Street and Garden Grove Boulevard noticed a “suspicious vehicle” matching the description from an earlier call.
A traffic stop was conducted and the occupants of the vehicle detained. A search of the vehicle turned up a catalytic converter, a car jack and cutting tools. They were found under a blanket in the car.
With further investigation, officers found the car from which the device had been removed. Arrested and booked into Orange County Jail were Ernesto Casa, 32, of Lynwood; Celina Romero, 22, of Long Beach, and Ricardo Sanchez, 34, of Paramount.
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