Inspections of dozens of car maintenance shops in the course of the Inland Empire turned up far more than 100 stolen catalytic converters and resulted in 28 arrests, authorities stated Thursday.
Catalytic converter thefts skyrocketed during the pandemic across Southern California. A amount arranged theft rings have been taken down, but the Automobile Dismantler Industrial Strike Staff — a endeavor drive manufactured up of investigators from the DMV and law enforcement officers from Chino Hills, Chino, Upland, Montclair, Ontario and San Bernardino — not long ago targeted its attempts on the automotive repair service shops and recycling services that are getting the stolen catalytic converters.
The strike team carried out enterprise inspections at 64 automotive mend retailers and recycling services, wanting exclusively for suspected stolen catalytic converters. 20-8 arrests were created, and 112 catalytic converters seized as a end result of the inspections, in accordance to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Sgt. Ian Golditch.
Four citations were being also issued by the Section of Toxic Compound Handle for environmental violations.