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    Thousand Oaks, CA | Catalytic Converter Theft Arrests

    News Release



    On January 25, 2022, detectives with the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) and

    deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Thousand Oaks Station and Los Angeles County

    Sheriff’s Lost Hills Station arrested two suspects for conspiracy to commit thefts of catalytic

    converters, evading an officer with willful disregard and resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace


    Catalytic Converter

    On January 25, 2022, detectives with the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special

    Enforcement Unit (SEU) received information from detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s

    Department’s Directed Enforcement Unit regarding a vehicle associated with catalytic converter

    thefts. The information provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department indicated the

    vehicle was in the city of Thousand Oaks and may be involved in the thefts of catalytic converters

    from vehicles. SEU detectives responded and were able to locate the vehicle. A short time later,

    SEU detectives were able to confirm the occupants of the vehicle had committed the theft of a

    catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 400 block of Via de la Luz in Thousand Oaks.

    After the crime, patrol deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the suspects’ vehicle,

    however the vehicle immediately fled and a high-speed pursuit ensued. The pursuit entered the

    101 freeway southbound and was terminated out of concern for public safety when the vehicle

    drove in a dangerous manner. A short time later, deputies located the suspect vehicle on the

    center median of Reyes Adobe Road just south of the 101 Freeway off-ramp. The vehicle was

    disabled and unoccupied.


    Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

    conducted an extensive search of the area for the outstanding suspects. Deputies were able to

    locate (S) Ramiro Juaquin Garcia Nunez and (S) Anthony Gutierrez hiding in the vicinity of the

    disabled vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located two stolen catalytic converters

    and tools consistent with the theft of catalytic converters. Deputies were later able to determine

    the second catalytic converter had been stolen from the 100 block of Maynard Avenue in

    Thousand Oaks.


    (S) Ramiro Juaquin Garcia Nunez and (S) Anthony Gutierrez were arrested for Grand Theft,

    Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, and Evading an Officer with Willful Disregard. Gutierrez was

    also arrested for Resist, Obstruct or Delay of a Peace Officer. Garcia Nunez and Gutierrez were

    booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for the violations. Garcia Nunez’ bail was set at

    $50,000 and Gutierrez’ bail was set at $25,000.

    There has been a significant increase of catalytic converter thefts within Ventura County over the

    past year. This is mainly due to the quick ability of criminals to remove the catalytic converters

    from vehicles and turn them in to recycling businesses for quick cash. If you observe any

    suspicious vehicles or activity that may be related to catalytic converter thefts, please contact

    Sheriff’s Dispatch at 805-654-9511.


    Prepared by: Sergeant Greg Gibson

    News Release Date: January 25, 2022


    Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Weston Price (805) 947-8281

    [email protected]

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