Arrests manufactured following catalytic converter thefts

TUCSON (KVOA) – In May possibly, the Information 4 Tucson Investigators told you about the rising

TUCSON (KVOA) – In May possibly, the Information 4 Tucson Investigators told you about the rising quantities of catalytic converter thefts. We’ve not too long ago realized that some arrests have been created.

But the thefts continue on, and it can be continue to a increasing issue.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators bought ahold of court documents that confirmed two adult men were arrested right after they have been discovered as intruders who were caught stealing catalytic converters in broad daylight. This document also reported investigators seized 90 catalytic converters from a Tucson company.

The owner of a northwest side auto lot said that previously this thirty day period when he was in the shop he listened to noises, foremost him to obtain a person less than a automobile thieving a catalytic converter. 

The small business owner agreed to discuss to us but wouldn’t go on digicam.

He also told us he had seasoned at minimum four catalytic converter thefts this summer months. He included that it has value him about $30,000 to exchange them.

The documents showed that the two suspects stealing the catalytic converters ended up discovered by the organization operator on Aug. 3.

He also informed detectives that they left in a gray Dodge Dakota. The enterprise proprietor informed detectives there were being multiple catalytic converters in the mattress of the choose-up truck. 

Paperwork also showed that one particular of the suspects, identified as Curtis Yarbrough, was presently a suspect in one more catalytic converter theft case.

He was arrested and billed with aggravated robbery, trafficking in stolen house. Yarbrough continues to be powering bars on a $30,000 bond.

Joshua Hunter was also arrested. He is billed with aggravated robbery, and trafficking in stolen home. He is also in jail and on a $10,000 bond.

The document also detailed that investigators went to a northwest side scrap steel lawn and seized 90 catalytic converters.

The University of Arizona Police Department told News 4 Tucson, they have experienced a dozen thefts. So far all of them point out owned vehicles employed by the university.

UArizona Law enforcement Officer Jesus Aguilar commented on this situation.

“Unquestionably yes. It truly is some thing we have been in the earlier and we’re not the only company that is suffering from these. I know we’re not the only agency or jurisdiction going through. I know the metropolis and the county going through the very same trend,” Aguilar explained.

At Dodge and Grant, a company owner stated he’s also caught burglars red-handed. He requested not to be determined.

“I was confront to deal with with one of them he arrived at me with some variety of a weapon. I ran off and identified as the police,” the operator reported.

Tucson police are reporting they have had perfectly about 200 described thefts since January.

Pima County Sheriff’s Section claimed they’ve had above 140 reports considering that the beginning of the yr. So, why are catalytic converters in this sort of demand? 

“The catalytic converters are created up of many steel parts some of them have a value when they are scrapped. So, we imagine most of them are becoming offered or stolen in get to be offered,” added Aguilar.  

The enterprise owners we spoke with added that they are quite upset above the thefts and there’s a substantially even larger photograph listed here and they are hoping law enforcement will get to the base of it.