28 Arrested, 112 Catalytic Converters Seized In Illegal Inland Empire Auto Parts Operation
Authorities have arrested 28 people and confiscated 112 catalytic converters as part of an in-depth investigation into an illegal auto parts operation in the Inland Empire, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said.
Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation, which included 64 auto repair shops and recycling facilities in Chino Hills, Chino, Upland, Montclair, Ontario, Fontana and unincorporated areas of San County. Bernardino, officials said.
Catalytic converters are a common target of theft because they contain small amounts of precious metals that reduce a vehicle’s toxic emissions and can be sold to auto supply stores, junkyards and recycling operations for hundreds of dollars. dollars, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
At the same time, repairing and replacing converters can cost car owners up to $4,000, according to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
“These thefts victimize innocent members of our communities and cause financial hardship,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat these crimes at all levels and hold offenders accountable.”
Several law enforcement agencies participated in the survey which included 64 different auto repair shops and recycling facilities.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.