Four arrested by police after finding stolen catalytic converters

Six catalytic converters were found in a vehicle following a traffic stop on Monday, June 28, according to the Victoria Police Department.
Victoria Police Department
From top, left to right: Jonathan Burns, Ruben Recio, Erika Tijernia and Eric Gomez.

VICTORIA, Texas – Four people were arrested after six stolen catalytic converters were found in a vehicle following a traffic stop on Monday, June 28.

The Victoria Police Department said that an officer noticed drug paraphernalia on the floorboard, which prompted a search of the vehicle.

In a news release, police said they found “freshly removed” catalytic converters in the vehicle.

Ultimately, Ruben Recio (32YOA), Erika Tijernia (37YOA), Jonathan Burns (38YOA), and Eric Gomez (32YOA), all from Corpus Christi, were arrested and charged with Theft of Property between $2,500 and $30,000 and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Police ask community members to please call VPD Auto Crime Task Force at 361-485-3762 or send an email to policeautocrimes@victoriatx.gov if residents believe their vehicle has had property stolen from it and especially a catalytic converter.

The Victoria Police Department told 25 News Now that 44 catalytic converters were reported stolen from January 1, 2021 to June 8, 2021.

25 News Now reached out to the police department for an update.