ROSEVILLE, CA - A rash of catalytic converter thefts sparked a Roseville police investigation that ended with the arrest of two women.
Sgt. Cal Walstad said since the beginning of November, thieves have removed more than 70 catalytic converters from cars and trucks in Roseville.
"We've had a lot of catalytic converter thefts. It's directly tied to the cost of precious metals," Walstad explained. "When the cost of precious metals goes up, our thefts go up."
Thieves take the converters loaded with platinum, palladium and rhodium and worth anywhere from $500 to $1,000 or more and turn them into recyclers for as little as $20.
Officers arrested Michele Walden, 45, of Roseville for receiving stolen property and not having a business license.
"We're assuming people were answering her ad on Craigslist," Walstad said. "She was buying catalytic converters and taking them to different recyclers to get money for precious metals."