Inspections of dozens of auto fix retailers all over the Inland Empire turned up more than 100 stolen catalytic converters and resulted in 28 arrests, authorities explained Thursday.
Catalytic converter thefts skyrocketed all through the pandemic across Southern California. A number structured theft rings have been taken down, but the Car Dismantler Industrial Strike Workforce — a process pressure built up of investigators from the DMV and legislation enforcement officers from Chino Hills, Chino, Upland, Montclair, Ontario and San Bernardino — not too long ago centered its efforts on the automotive mend retailers and recycling amenities that are obtaining the stolen catalytic converters.
The strike workforce carried out company inspections at 64 automotive fix retailers and recycling facilities, hunting especially for suspected stolen catalytic converters. 20-eight arrests were being built, and 112 catalytic converters seized as a result of the inspections, in accordance to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Sgt. Ian Golditch.
Four citations have been also issued by the Division of Poisonous Substance Management for environmental violations.