3 suspects arrested for stealing catalytic converters from Fillmore


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department

Three Los Angeles men are in custody for theft of catalytic converters, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy and possession of drugs.

On March 30, 2022, deputies responded to a report of a catalytic converter theft that had just occurred in the 1000 block of King Street in the town of Fillmore. A witness reported seeing two suspicious vehicles driving away from the area.

The patrol deputies immediately searched the scene and were able to locate and stop at one of the vehicles described by the witness. The vehicle was occupied by three subjects who were in possession of break-in tools, jacks and illegal drugs (photos attached). A jack was left at one of the crime scenes. Additionally, two of the suspects had outstanding Los Angeles County arrest warrants.

The investigation revealed four other victims of theft in the same area. Detectives believe that these three suspects are part of a network of thefts of catalytic converters in the city of Los Angeles. Detectives believe the second vehicle reported by the witness was also linked to the theft.

All three suspects were taken into custody and subsequently incarcerated in the Ventura County Remand Center for Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, and Possession of Methamphetamines. All three remain in custody with bail each set at $250,000. Their court date is set for April 4, 2022.

Anyone with information relating to crimes of this nature is asked to contact Detective Valdez at the number listed below. The declarant can remain anonymous.

In an effort to deter would-be thieves and to track stolen catalytic converters, the Fillmore Police Department has partnered with several local auto repair shops. The companies listed below have agreed to engrave your license plate number and paint a sheriff’s star on your catalytic converter for free. Our goal is to deter a potential thief who might be planning to steal your catalytic converter. As soon as they see the painted sheriff’s star and the engraved license plate number, they will hopefully leave your car alone. If your catalytic converter is stolen, law enforcement or a scrap yard will be able to recognize the catalytic converter as stolen based on the markings. You can make an “Etch and Catch” appointment at any of the below locations in the town of Fillmore:

Ernie’s Auto Care & Smog De La Rosa Auto Repair
460 Ventura St. 665 Ventura St.
(805) 524-4477 (805) 524-0368

Bob’s Radiator Shop Fillmore Auto Electric & Tune
562 Santa Clara Street 405 Central Avenue
(805) 524-2526 (805) 524-7333

When you call for your appointment, be sure to mention that it is the “Etch and Catch” program. We’re asking for help from our community to help prevent catalytic converter theft. If you hear strange noises during the night, such as power tools or sawing, if you see a vehicle driving strangely slowly in your neighborhood or stopped on the side of the road, if you see or hear ANYTHING off the ordinary, please call the Sheriff Distribute at 911 or (805) 654-9511. Often cases are resolved when an observant resident calls when something doesn’t seem quite right. For more information on the program click on the video link: https://bit.ly/3uS59xL.

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Nature of the incident: three suspects arrested for theft of catalytic converters
Report number: 22-41023
Location: 1000 Block of King Street, Fillmore, CA
200 Block of B Street, Fillmore, California
Date and time: March 30, 2022 at 2:42 a.m.
Unit(s) responsible: Fillmore Police Department Patrol Services, Fillmore Detective Bureau
(S)suspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(A-1) Luis Zepeda, Los Angeles, 36
(A-2) Ernesto Carbajal, Los Angeles, 31
(A-3) Pedro Martinez, Los Angeles, 32
Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Hollowell
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for the information, which will lead to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller can remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


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