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: 6-Year-Old Wounded After Gunfire Erupts At Sun Valley Apartment Complex
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: Villanueva 'Disappointed' After DA Reportedly Declines To Prosecute Alleged Hate Incident
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: Volunteers Looking To Help As Shelter For Unaccompanied Migrant Children Set To Open In Long Beach
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 email@example.com, or Sgt. M. Aranda at (909) 384-5642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.