DAVIS (CBS13) — Two Sacramento men were convicted of stealing catalytic converters crossed 8 Northern California counties, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced connected Wednesday.
Dao Xiong, 44, and Shaneel Lal, 38, stole 64 catalytic converters successful Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Napa, Butte, Alameda and Contra Costa counties betwixt September 2020 and February 2021. Authorities said the full nonaccomplishment was estimated to beryllium astir $100,000.
The territory attorney’s bureau said the probe began erstwhile a Davis nonmigratory reported successful September 2020 that his catalytic converter was stolen from his Toyota Prius. Xiong and Lal were yet identified arsenic the suspects done surveillance and fishy conveyance information.
Authorities said Xiong typically was the operator and Lal was the rider arsenic they scouted neighborhoods for imaginable vehicles to hit. Surveillance footage captured Xiong and Lal scouting neighborhoods during the daytime oregon aboriginal evening hours earlier returning to the aforesaid locations aboriginal astatine nighttime oregon during the aboriginal greeting hours.
The brace were pulled implicit by Davis constabulary connected October 23, 2020, and were recovered with stolen catalytic converters stolen retired of Napa County successful their vehicle, the territory attorney’s bureau said. The brace was charged but was released owed to the zero bail argumentation successful spot during the pandemic.
Xiong and Lal were recovered to person continued to bargain catalytic converters aft their merchandise until they were arrested again successful Davis connected February 2, 2021.
Both volition beryllium sentenced connected January 10 and look six years successful jailhouse each.