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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 15:59

Police Bust Multi-State, $22M Catalytic Converter Theft Ring

Written by Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY

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If your vehicle’s catalytic converter was one of 44,000 recently stolen in Washington, Nevada, California, Texas, Oregon or New York, authorities may have arrested the group responsible.

Police detectives in Beaverton, OR, said they've identified the man who orchestrated a $22 million catalytic converter trafficking operation based in Portland and spanning six states since January 2021.

 

A Washington County grand jury indicted 12 people on racketeering, aggravated theft, money laundering and other charges on July 29, police said Aug. 11.

 

Oregon detectives began investigating late last year. After searching eight locations, they uncovered 3,000 catalytic converters, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, a vehicle and jewelry, authorities said.

 

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