In a group effort with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the FBI attained more than 30 search warrants that allowed it to search and seize a multitude of items. These included: homes, bank accounts, luxury vehicles, and cash from the leaders and associates of a suspected catalytic converter theft ring. Members of the ring, which were arrested, included processors, dealers, and the alleged thieves themselves.
The parties involved allegedly sold the catalytic converters for tens of millions of dollars across California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nevada, and Virginia. The assets the FBI seized were worth millions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.1 Currently, the FBI has arrested 21 people across five states and charged them with conspiracy. They await trial and could face major jail time.