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Friday, December 3, 2021

Los Angeles Minors Charged With 11 Catalytic Converter Thefts

Three minors are in custody, police said, and about a dozen catalytic converters have been recovered after a brief chase that ended in an accident in Ventura County on November 23.

Early Tuesday morning, a resident called 9-1-1 after seeing a neighbor’s catalytic converter stolen from a neighbor in Block 2500 on Harbor Boulevard.

Ventura police began patrolling the area and spotted suspects in the Ventura Harbor area committing yet another catalyst theft. However, according to the Ventura County Police Department, the suspects raced off in their car.

After a short pursuit, the suspects’ car crashed while turning onto Siward Avenue.

All three juvenile suspects were taken into custody and taken to a local hospital for medical treatment with minor injuries from the collision.

After a basic investigation, police found eleven catalytic converters on the suspects and confirmed that the minors were from Los Angeles County.

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Police said all eleven catalytic converters appeared to be from Toyota Prius.

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Three minors are in custody and about a dozen catalytic converters have been recovered after a brief pursuit that ended in an accident in Ventura County, California on November 23, 2021 (courtesy of Ventura County Police)

Three suspects will be sent to a juvenile prison on suspicion of conspiracy, major theft, possession of burglary weapons, vandalism and possession of stolen property. The driver will also be charged with evading the vehicle, the report said.

Between January and May of this year, more than 8,000 California residents reported the theft of their catalytic converter, NBC reported.

The data shows that the most frequent target models are Toyota, Lexus and Honda. The average cost of a catalytic converter repair for most vehicles is between $ 945 and $ 2,475, including parts and labor, according to car trading company CarBrain.

Catalytic converters are valuable because they contain precious metals, including rhodium, which is more expensive than gold.

Alice Sun

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