Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Busted, And — Surprise! — Auto Repair Shops Allegedly In On the Game – SFist

San Jose police arrested 15 suspects for stealing and promoting catalytic converters, however extra apparently, They are saying three auto retailers have been “knowingly buying for stolen catalytic converters from road criminals.”

Kudos to the San Jose Police Division, not Solely for arresting 15 suspects in a catalytic converter theft ring, But in addition for having the cleverness To name this regulation enforcement sting “Operation Cat Scratch Thiever.” (Golf clap…)

Catalytic converter thefts are certainly A drawback, not only Inside the Bay Space, however nationwide. With few devices and little expertise, one can hit parked automobiles beneath the guise of darkness and pull in profitable hardware that resells for A pair of hundred bucks. And as NBC Bay Space factors out, San Jose police say they “shut down three San Jose companies that have been suspected of knowingly buying for stolen catalytic converters from road criminals,” and that these companies “Appeared to cater to thieves, typinamey buying for reduce catalytic converters with no questions requested.”

And tright here’s A great uglier beneathbelly to all this. Based mostly on NBC Bay Space, “Police additionally think about A minimal Of 1 San Jose homicide was The outcomes of a catalytic converter theft, when a sufferer confronted the suspects.”

“This prolonged operation is simply one other event of a proactive and thorough investigation that defines SJPD,” police Chief Anthony Mata said in A press launch to NBC Bay Space. “Our group has been more and more Suffering from These Sort of crimes, And that i am grateful for the collaborative efforts our detectives have taken with native jurisdictions and the Santa Clara County District Lawyer’s Office to arrest and prosereducee these people, wright hereas deterring Another would-be copycat thieves in our metropolis.”

Credit rating to the police right here, however They seem joyful to splash the names and faces of the theft suspects, with out additionally naming the shops that have been allegedly on it. Which Might Even be useful from a shopper standpoint! As a Outcome of petty theft is A drawback, however platforms wright here thieves can resell stolen items Might be The primary enabler of this phenomenon.

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