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Men arrested for stealing catalytic converters in West Sacramento

A catalytic converter is seen at Industrial Metal Recycling, Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in Oakland, Maine.
A catalytic converter is seen at Industrial Metal Recycling, Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in Oakland, Maine. AP

Two men were arrested Wednesday morning in West Sacramento for allegedly stealing several catalytic converters.

Police arrested an unidentified man around 4:45 am Wednesday on Interstate 80 near Enterprise Boulevard, said Sgt. Roger Kinney, West Sacramento Police Department public information officer. Officials found the second man around 10 a.m. on Commerce Court near the area where police took the first man into custody. He was taken to a hospital after a police dog bit him, allowing police to capture him.

Catalytic converters are air-pollution control devices found in cars and trucks. The men possessed several catalytic converters from trucks. The converters each cost between $4,000 and $6,000 to replace, Kinney said. The converters are typically sold in pieces to scrap metal companies for several hundred dollars.

Police were patrolling the area Wednesday morning when they saw a suspicious vehicle and captured the first man. Kinney said reports of similar thefts have increased in the last few weeks.

“This is a huge loss for truck businesses,” Kinney said. “When we learned of the increased thefts, we knew we needed to focus our resources on this and increase patrols of the area.”

Kinney said police will investigate whether the men taken into custody Wednesday are connected to previous thefts.

Alejandra Reyes-Velarde: 916-321-1005

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