So many victims of the recent rash of catalytic converter thefts in the 24/680 said they were first tipped that their vehicle was under attack when they heard the sound of a reciprocating saw at work under their vehicle.
By the time most folks rub the sleep out of their eyes and get a robe on the thief or thieves have made their escape with the treasured device and its store of precious minerals and the car owner is left with a mutilated vehicle and a big repair bill.
Some of those willing to dive under a car in the dead of night are becoming known to police and apparently that’s what happened in Walnut Creek a few nights back, when patrol officers on the graveyard shift were signaled by a license plate reader that converter rustlers were in the area.
Officers located a black Lincoln Navigator driving near Oak and Walden roads and stopped it, detaining three people inside and searching the car – where they allegedly found the array of tools depicted above.
Tell-tale saws, extra blades (it pays to come prepared) and gear for siphoning gas was booked into evidence and the three suspects were, we’re told, arrested “for a multitude of property related crimes and sent to the Martinez Detention Facility.”