After approaching the car, police said they could see two catalytic converters in the backseat, cutting tools and a floor jack on the passenger side.
Ceres, Calif.-Three men were arrested and 13 catalytic converters were recovered after police responded to a call for suspicious activity in the Ceres area early Wednesday morning.
A police officer was called into the neighborhood of Walter Drive’s 2400 blocks around 5 am after witnesses said witnesses saw the suspect stealing a catalytic converter.
Police responded and found a car leaving the neighborhood that matched the witness’s description. The policeman pulled the car as it turned into a CVS pharmacy just a few blocks away.
According to the report, after approaching the car, officers could see two catalytic converters in the back seats, cutting tools and floor jacks on the passenger side.
Three men were detained in the car while police were searching for the rest of the car. Eleven other catalytic converters were found in the trunk, police said.
The suspects have been identified as 28-year-old Tou Ta Xiong, 34-year-old Mee Xiong, and 25-year-old David Baker. These are all from Merced. They were booked with the Stanislaus County Public Security Center for complaints of massive theft, vandalism, conspiracy, possession of stolen goods, tampering with vehicles, and probation violations.
This case is still under investigation. For more information, please call Detective John Bella (209-538-5730).
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