SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — An attempted traffic stop led to the discovery of 150 stolen catalytic converters and more than $180,000 in cash at a San Bernardino home.
Police say a patrol officer tried to stop a vehicle at about 1:42 p.m. Friday, but the driver fled and was later found in the 1100 block of North Barton Street in San Bernardino. The vehicle was found to be a sub-plated stolen vehicle, according to San Bernardino police.READ MORE: Chargers Running back Austin Ekeler Gives Back To The Community
The officers went on to do a protective sweep, which led to the discovery of 150 stolen catalytic converters at the home. A image released by police showed stolen pollution devices which attach to the exhaust systems of vehicles piled up on a carpet in front of a couch.READ MORE: Carlos Santana Cancels Several December Shows After Undergoing Unspecified Heart Procedure
Police say a search warrant was executed at the home to recover the stolen parts, recover tools used for cutting metal, several cell phones and more than $180,000 in cash.
Three San Bernardino men were arrested on multiple felony charges – 24-year-old Isaac Anthony Guerra, and Julio Villalta-Maravilla and Anthony Andrade, both 27 years old. Police say they are believed to be involved in a large-scale catalytic theft ring.MORE NEWS: MLB Owners Vote To Institute A Lockout After Failure To Agree To Terms With MLBPA
The investigation into the theft ring is ongoing, and anyone with information can contact Detective R. Whitmer at (909) 384-5668 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sgt. M. Aranda at (909) 384-5642 or via email at email@example.com.