2 arrested for converter theft

TWO SUSPECTS were arrested Thursday in Westminster for allegedly stealing catalytic converters (Shutterstock).

Two suspects were arrested Thursday morning in Westminster for allegedly stealing catalytic converters from automobiles.

According to Commander Kevin MacCormick of the WPD, officers responded to a report just before 7 a.m. of a “possible” catalytic converter theft in the area of 13500 Hoover St.

A woman was seen underneath a vehicle using a saw while a man stood watch. A witness recognized the sound of the saw and called 911.

On arrival, officers contacted a witness who provided descriptions of the two people and said they had left in separate directions. Officers located both and found in their possession a cordless saw, three catalytic converters and other tools typically used for committing burglaries.

They were arrested without incident and booked into Orange County Jail on various felony charges.

They were identified as Timothie Dale Taglies, 24, of Riverside and Chelsea Lyn Madrid, 32, of Nuevo, California.

“This is a perfect example of the community and the police department working together to keep the community safe,” said MacCormick. “The Westminster Police Department would like to remind everyone, if you see something or hear something, then please, say something.”

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