Thanks to an alert Roseville resident and a quick response by law enforcement, four suspected catalytic converter thieves are in custody.
At 3:42 Thursday morning, January 12, a resident of the Crocker Ranch/Diamond Creek area called police to report seeing two males working under a vehicle near her home, possibly stealing the catalytic converter. Numerous Roseville officers converged on the area and soon had three suspects in custody. A fourth suspect got away, but was arrested later in Sacramento. Inside the suspect’s van, officers found several catalytic converters believed to have been stolen during the night from the Roseville and Rocklin areas.
The following suspects, all Sacramento residents, are in custody on suspicion of grand theft, possession of stolen property and other related charges: Jovi Toua Vang, 20; Cai Vang, 19; Chee Jeff Vang, 20;and Tou Vang, 25.
Area law enforcement agencies are working cooperatively to stop an unprecedented epidemic of metal thefts in the region. The following agencies assisted in this morning’s investigation: CHP, CHP’s Investigative Services Unit, Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento County Probation, SacCATS (Sacramento’s auto theft task force), Placer County’s Regional Auto Theft Task Force, Rocklin Police Department and Folsom Police Department. Our agencies will continue to work together to not only address metal theft, but also scrap metal recyclers who are operating outside the law and feeding the demand for stolen metal.
Today’s arrests wouldn’t have happened if a Roseville resident hadn’t picked up the phone to report suspicious activity in her neighborhood. We know there are still many more metal thieves stealing in our region, and we need the community’s continued help to stop them. We urge residents to protect their vehicles by parking them inside their locked garages whenever possible and to immediately report any suspicious activity to police.
Roseville Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of metal thieves and illegally operating metal recyclers. You can call us, email us or text us, and we don’t need to know who you are. Call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-STOP (783-7867). Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department’s website, www.roseville.ca.us/police, and clicking on “Submit a Tip”, or by texting 274637 (start your text with the word “ROSEVILLE”).