Police pursuit on Peninsula reveals catalytic converter heist

A law enforcement pursuit on the Peninsula finished with one suspected catalytic converter thief in custody.

San Mateo police were being named out to Third Avenue about 3 a.m. on Thursday. 

Following patrolling the space for a even though, they spotted the suspect auto, a Toyota Sienna.

When law enforcement tried to pull it over, they say the driver took off.

There was a chase, and the automobile crashed soon after getting rid of a wheel and hitting a patrol car or truck.

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Police say the three men and women inside ran off. 

Officers say that a person of them kicked an officer in the confront while seeking to climb more than a fence.

An officer was equipped to detain a person of the suspected burglars and the two other people have not been discovered despite a research by San Mateo, Colma, Hillsborough and San Bruno police.

 KTVU has uncovered that the suspect in custody is Olvin Hernandez Lopez, 23.

Law enforcement say they observed 6 catalytic converters, burglary instruments and drug paraphernalia inside the suspects’ van. 

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the increase in current months throughout the nation amid the best demand from customers for autos and substitute areas in yrs.

“Catalytic converter thefts is a single of these issues that occur in waves,” said Officer Alison Gilmore, a San Mateo law enforcement spokeswoman. “Proper now, we’re suffering from a massive wave of it.”

Some have resorted to firing pictures at witnesses. Early Wednesday in Pacifica, a resident armed himself with a BB gun while confronting two adult males hoping to steal a catalytic converter. One of the robbers opened hearth, hitting a home. The resident wasn’t hurt.

That incident adopted the arrests of four intruders in independent incidents in Pacifica previously in the week.

Catalytic converter thieves have also fired pictures in Oakland, El Sobrante, San Jose, Fremont, San Francisco and Palo Alto.