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Three Arrested for Catalytic Converter Thefts

The suspects’ vehicle contained 24 catalytic converters, various pipe-cutting tools and meth pipes, police said.

Three Stockton men were arrested in Newark early Sunday morning after attempting to steal catalytic converters, police said.

According to the Newark Police Department, a resident reported someone trying to steal a catalytic converter from under his neighbor’s car at about 5:30 a.m., not knowing that his had just been stolen from his vehicle as well.

The suspects left the area in a minivan but were located by an officer nearby.

Inside the minivan were 24 freshly cut catalytic converters, various pipe-cutting tools and meth pipes, police said.

Jim Aing, 27; Bobby Onesavanh, 26; and Rhota Vin, 23, all from Stockton, were arrested on suspicion of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Catalytic converters, which are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, are popular among thieves because of their value, ease to steal and lack of identifying markings, Newark police said in an advisory earlier this year.

Recycler pay anywhere between $50 and $250 for the metals inside the car part and it can cost an average of $1,000 to replace them, police said.

For theft prevention tips, click here.

If you have been a victim of catalytic converter theft, contact the Newark Police Department at 510-578-4237.

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Fred October 24, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Anyone with SUVs should be aware of this, due to they're high profile it's easier to get under the vehicles to remove the cats. Had customers go into the mall and come back out, and hers were removed, leas than 15 minutes.That was at the Stanford Shopping Center.
Jon Dough October 27, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I am curious, does anyone know what part of Newark these guys were caught in and what area they stole these converters.

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