Police arrest two men on catalytic converter theft charges
Men from Merced arrested in San Luis Obispo
–On Monday night, residents on Devaul Ranch Road in San Luis Obispo reported strange noises near their Toyota Prius cars and observed two males leaving the area in a silver Prius. San Luis Obispo Police Department Officers flooded the area but didn’t find the car.
A short time after, an officer spotted a silver Prius and stopped it near Marsh and Higuera. When he contacted the occupants, he found eight catalytic converters, a jack, and the tools used to steal the converters. The two suspects, who are out of Merced, were arrested for grand theft, conspiracy to commit crime, possession of burglary tools, vehicle tampering, and drug charges.
On Thursday, an officer was able to reunite several of the converters to their rightful Prius owners. The police department says they appreciate those residents who were quick to call when they heard and saw suspicious activity.
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