Suspects arrested in converter thefts

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Two suspects were arrested Monday morning in connection with a group of thefts of catalytic converters from cars in the area.

Ramon Villareal, 26, of Bell, Calif., and Jesus Araiza, 21, of Bell, Calif., were arrested on reasonable cause grand theft when their car was searched after a traffic stop at Foothill Boulevard and Young Drive, revealing a catalytic converter in the back seat. 

There have been eight catalytic converter thefts in the La Cañada and La Crescenta area since Nov. 1.

“They couldn’t provide any good reason to be in the area,” said Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. “They also had the tools used to commit the crime and the catalytic converter in their car, so they were booked for reasonable cause.”

Officials are looking for the car that the converter belonged to, likely a Toyota pick-up truck. 

“Until we have a victim come forward, we can’t charge [the suspects],” Harley said.

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Written by Seth Amitin

November 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

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