BURBANK – Five men were arrested by Burbank police investigating thefts of catalytic converters, authorities said Tuesday.
Officers were sent to Olive Avenue and Sixth Street about 4:40 a.m. Saturday on a report that several men were trying to steal a catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius, the Burbank Police Department reported.
The five suspects were identified as: Freddy Godinez, 18, of Huntington Park; Michael Pedrajabernabe, 19, of Los Angeles; Isaiah Sanchez, 20, of Long Beach; Braulio Negrete, 21, of Los Angeles; and Victor Galeanatorres, 24, of Los Angeles.
“When the officers arrived, they spoke with the reporting party, who provided them with the description of two vehicles and a group of males involved in the theft,” police said in a statement. “The officers located the victim’s vehicle and observed evidence consistent with the reporting party’s statement.”
The officers searched the area and found two vehicles and detained five suspects, police said.
“During a search of both vehicles, officers located floor jacks, reciprocating saws, reciprocating saw blades, and evidence indicating the males were involved in the crime of stealing catalytic converters,” police said.
All five were booked on suspicion of felony grand theft, with bail set at $20,000 each, police said.