Recently, police investigating six vehicles stolen in Ventura arrested three suspects on multiple charges. It all started on the morning of Friday, May 28th when six pickup trucks were reported stolen overnight. An investigation was immediately begun to locate the vehicles. The two detectives working the case were quickly able to follow the information they were given which lead them to the Casa Via Mar Motel in Port Hueneme, where twoof the trucks were located. Two others were located not far away. Deputies also discovered three people in a Sedan parked in the same lot whom they determined were part of the case.
Upon investigating the vehicle, detectives discovered narcotics paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and burglary tools associated with the theft of catalytic converters. All three were arrested and taken to the Ventura County Jail. Two suspects remain in custody while the third was presumably released on bond.
Whether the alleged thefts were committed to steal catalytic converters or to possess the entire vehicle is unknown at this time.
Catalytic converter thefts have been an issue across Southern California for a while now. The part is found underneath a vehicle and is part of the exhaust emission system and works to reduce harmful pollutants produced by motor vehicles. They make enticing targets for thieves because of the rare, expensive metals used to construct them.
While it’s extremely difficult to keep oneself 100% protected from car thieves, there are a few things you can do to make your vehicle less of a target. The first thing to do is to make sure you park in a well-lit area – thieves prefer to work where it’s harder to be seen. Another is to ensure you lock all of your doors and keep your windows up. If your vehicle comes with an alarm system, make sure to arm it after you exit.
According to authorities, the suspects are being charged with offenses related to stolen vehicles, the possession of burglary tools, drug possession and outstanding warrants.