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Theft of catalytic converter leads to four arrests for drugs, counterfeiting at Mountain View hotel

 

Police arrested four men Sunday in connection to the theft of a catalytic converter in the North Whisman neighborhood, which led police to a counterfeit money-making operation at a nearby hotel, according to a statement by the Mountain View Police Department.

The arrests stem from an initial report of a resident chasing someone from their home on the 800 block of Wake Forest Drive around 4 a.m. before he sped away in a Toyota Camry, police said.

Officers located and pulled over the vehicle nearby on Emily Drive and found the driver, a 21-year-old man, was in possession a handgun reported stolen out of a Central Valley city, a catalytic converter and several burglary tools. The catalytic converter was later determined to belong to a car at the home on Wake Forest Drive, police said.

Later that morning, another officer found that the same Toyota Camry was "associated" with suspicious activity at the nearby Ramada Inn, police said in the statement. Officers found several people going in and out of two hotel rooms, one of whom was allegedly seen trying to conceal items.

Officers searched one of the rooms and found methamphetamine, meth pipes, counterfeit money, burglary tools and phones.

The man driving the Camry, a Merced resident, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle; carrying a stolen, loaded firearm; receiving stolen property; and attempted grand theft.

The three men found in the hotel, ages 26, 35, and 35, all Merced residents, were also arrested on suspicion of forgery and counterfeiting, possession of burglary tools, attempted grand theft and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Mugshots and names of the suspects are available on the city's website.

Editor's note: The Voice's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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6 people like this
Posted by Pep Boys
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Big market for stolen catalytic converters.


7 people like this
Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:54 am

Gary is a registered user.

It happened in my neighborhood too - just last week. I had seen it reported on TV happening elsewhere in the Bay Area. How many thefts did these four pull off? There may be many more groups of criminals involved in stealing catalytic converters. Counterfeiting is a federal crime. Hopefully, they will not make bail and land in prison - state or federal. The Voice should follow the cases to discern and show how the system works or does not work.


14 people like this
Posted by Redbarker
a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 20, 2019 at 11:02 am

Criminal justice system is a joke in CA. I caught a burglar on my roof on a Saturday afternoon, police caught him and changed him with attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling, wearing a mask in commission of a crime, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. Dude was let out on supervised probation a week later. Complete joke. Citizens need to take matters into our own hands to protect ourselves and each other.


5 people like this
Posted by Old MTV
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:39 pm

My catalytic converter was stolen a few years ago from 4Runner in my driveway in Mountain View in the middle of the night and they never caught them. A good part of town and a dead end street so you never know if you are at risk. It was a risky move for the thieves.

It seems like a stupid theft as it could not have been worth that much as I replaced it for just a couple hundred dollars not the super high price that you read about for platinum.


15 people like this
Posted by Justice
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:44 pm

I agree with Redbarker we citizens need to take matters into our own hands to protect ourselves as it’s a broken system.

Let’s rally and collect signature to fund our police and fix our laws.

Oh wait. That’s not what you meant? You were talking about the angry and lazy approach of using force? No thanks.


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Posted by Poppadop
a resident of Willowgate
on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

"Dude was let out on supervised probation a week later"?!? Since when does our judicial system work that fast?


11 people like this
Posted by Jake O.
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Didn't the criminals know it's against the law to carry a loaded handgun without a concealed weapons permit?

I guess criminals don't care about gun control


3 people like this
Posted by David B. Karpf, MD
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm

More Kudos to the MVPD for arresting these individuals!


9 people like this
Posted by 1 IN 100 Caught?
a resident of Slater
on Aug 20, 2019 at 7:07 pm

The police came upon one guy and got three more in the gang - by means not detailed. Most criminals get away. One in a hundred is caught. The METH may have affected the judgment of these four bandits.

I hope it was a lawful search of the room(s).

The burglar that was released (according to the earlier post) could have immediately pled out (guilty for probation) but more likely was released OR or on bail with the added requirement that his release would be (sort of) supervised. All that usually means is that he checks in with the pretrial release office once a week,

That earlier attempted) burglary may have involved a NOVICE. If there is NO room in jail to hold these four BRAZEN LUNATICS, we are in trouble.


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