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Four Caught Stealing Converters From Neighborhood Cars

Catalytic converters sought for precious metals.

 

Four people were arrested early Friday morning after four stolen catalytic converters were found in their possession.

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Miguel Haro, 29, of Los Angeles, Courtney Dominish, 27, of Hawthorne, Manuel Chavez, 31, of South Gate and Patricia Medina, 32, of Huntington Park were in a car described by an alert resident who saw someone tampering with her vehicle. Deputies found the car in the area of the thefts and were able to ascertain that one of the recovered converters was from the reporting party’s car.

Sheriff’s officials told KHTS that the catalytic converters from 1980s and early 1990s cars contain precious metals, making them frequent targets of theft. All were booked at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station on suspicion of felony grand theft, where they are each being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on April 15.