Department Of Justice Busts Catalytic Converter Theft Ring

Twenty-one people arrested for alleged connection to conspiracy
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Department of Justice on on October 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department announced it has charged 13 individuals, including members of the Chinese intelligence and their agents, for alleged efforts to unlawfully exert influence in the United States for the benefit of the government of China. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Twenty-one people were arrested by the Department of Justice and are accused of making millions off the sale of stolen catalytic converters.
  • The nationwide theft ring has plagued over nine states and made profits by selling valuable metals from stolen automotive parts.
  • FBI Director Chris Wray said, “This national network of criminals hurt victims across the country. They made hundreds of millions of dollars in the process — on the backs of thousands of innocent car owners.”

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