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Arrests made in catalytic converter thefts

Stolen items reunited with owners
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During the early morning hours of May 29, a Rocklin police officer found very recently stolen catalytic converters in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. Three of the four converters have been reunited with their owners and their vehicles.

At 2:50 a.m., the officer noticed a vehicle in the area of Stephanie Drive and Wesley Drive that was in violation of a section of the California Vehicle Code, according to a report from the Rocklin Police Department. After initiating a traffic stop and talking with the driver and the passenger, four catalytic converters and tools for removing converters were located within the vehicle, the report said. Both occupants were arrested and booked into Placer County Jail.

Three converter theft victims who live in Rocklin contacted the police department during the morning hours of the same day and subsequently had the recovered converters matched to their specific vehicles.

Arrested were Huong Van Nguyen, 60, transient, and Ton Saeteurn, 30, of Sacramento, for receiving stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools. Both are being held “ineligible for bail.”

“These arrests represent great police work,” said Capt. Lon Milka. “We are pleased to be able assist victims identified on Wednesday and pleased to perhaps thwart more thefts during darkness.”