Inspections of dozens of car or truck repair service outlets throughout the Inland Empire turned up far more than 100 stolen catalytic converters and resulted in 28 arrests, authorities claimed Thursday.
Catalytic converter thefts skyrocketed in the course of the pandemic throughout Southern California. A quantity structured theft rings have been taken down, but the Vehicle Dismantler Industrial Strike Group — a endeavor drive manufactured up of investigators from the DMV and legislation enforcement officers from Chino Hills, Chino, Upland, Montclair, Ontario and San Bernardino — a short while ago targeted its initiatives on the automotive mend retailers and recycling facilities that are purchasing the stolen catalytic converters.
The strike crew performed organization inspections at 64 automotive repair service shops and recycling facilities, seeking specially for suspected stolen catalytic converters. Twenty-8 arrests were being built, and 112 catalytic converters seized as a final result of the inspections, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Sgt. Ian Golditch.
4 citations were being also issued by the Division of Harmful Material Manage for environmental violations.