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Stolen catalytic converters recovered during traffic stop

An Oakland man was arrested early Friday morning in connection with the theft of several catalytic converters that were recovered during a traffic stop. 
On Nov. 5 around 4:20 am, Mountain View dispatchers received a call from a resident on Gretel Lane stating that suspects had just driven off in a car after stealing the victim's catalytic converter. 
One of our officers on patrol found the suspect vehicle driving at El Camino Real and Grant Road and stopped the car. Four people ran out from the parked car, and officers were able to stop one of them and detain them. 
During a search of the car, nearly ten catalytic converters along with tools used to cut them from vehicles were found. Officers also learned that the license plate on the car had been stolen from a neighboring city that same night. 
The Oakland man, who we are not identifying at this time pending an ongoing investigation, was arrested for grand theft, receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail. 
The catalytic converters that were recovered have been logged into evidence so that those who may have had theirs stolen in the last 24 hours can come in and retrieve them. 
Our sincere thanks to the alert resident who immediately gave us a call to help us resolve this incident. As always, if you see a crime occurring, call us at 9-1-1. If a crime has occurred and there is no immediate threat, reach us on our non-emergency line at 650-903-6344.
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