FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Officers arrested a man suspected of several catalytic converter thefts near Cordelia, the Fairfield Police Department said on Thursday.
Aaron Hoover, 26, of Vallejo, was booked into the Solano County Jail on Wednesday for charges of felony grand property theft, possession of burglary tools, tampering with a vehicle and other probation violations.READ MORE: Dixie Fire Update: Smoke From The 142,940-Acre Fire Is Now Drifting Into The Sacramento Valley
Fairfield police said the thefts occurred in the Cordelia Public Service Area.READ MORE: 2 Men Arrested After Catalytic Converter Theft In Yuba City
Officers served a search warrant at Hoover’s home and located burglary tools and other items related to the thefts, the department said.MORE NEWS: Remains Of WWII Sailor From Stockton Killed At Pearl Harbor Officially Accounted For, Navy Says
Thieves nationwide are slithering under cars, Swiping Catalytic Converters in Minutes,” Fairfield police said in a news release. “The metals prices, in turn, are fueling a black market in stolen catalytic converters, which can be sawed off from the belly of a car in minutes, and fetch several hundred dollars at a scrapyard, which then sells it to recyclers who extract the metals.”