By CBS13 Staff

MADERA (CBS13) — Officers arrested two people in Madera for catalytic converter theft, a common theft trend that has been on the rise recently, said the City of Madera Police Department.

When officers conducted a traffic stop early Sunday morning they found that the two men they pulled over suspiciously had everything that a catalytic converter thief needs in their vehicle.

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When they continued the investigation they discovered that the two men, Cesar Torres and Alberto Garcia, were in fact involved in catalytic converter theft.

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According to officers, thieves can get anywhere from $50.00 to $200.00 for a stolen catalytic converter while the victim is left with a $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 replacement bill.

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California lawmakers are currently drafting Senate bills that would increase penalties for catalytic converter thieves as this crime is on the rise.