Police Arrest Two Men for Alleged Catalytic Converter Thefts

(Photo courtesy Burbank Police Department) - Burbank police officers arrest two men suspected of stealing a catalytic converter.

First published in the Sept. 24 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Police Department received a report of a man trying to steal a catalytic converter off a Honda Accord in the 700 block of South Glenoaks Boulevard last Friday at about 11:15 p.m.
When officers arrived, they spoke with a witness, who said he was outside of his residence, heard a “grinding” sound and saw a man underneath a Honda Accord trying to steal its catalytic converter. The witness provided a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle.
Officers looked under the Honda Accord and saw that the catalytic converter was still attached, but it had several cuts to it, indicating the suspect had attempted to steal it.
Officers located two suspects and their vehicle in the 7-Eleven parking lot at Glenoaks Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found reciprocating saws and a cut catalytic converter — evidence indicating the men were involved in the crime of stealing catalytic converters.
The suspects have been identified as a 36-year-old man from San Fernando, and a 57-year-old man from North Hollywood. Both were arrested and booked for grand theft and receiving stolen property, which are both felonies, as well as drug-related charges. Both are being held in lieu of $20,000 bail each and were due to appear in court on Tuesday. Formal charges are pending review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.