Las Vegas police made several arrests Monday in connection with the thefts of catalytic converters around the valley.
An investigation spanning several months led to seven arrests, including one made on July 2, and the recovery of hundreds of vehicle parts believed to be stolen, according to police.
The warrants allowed police to search and seize items in a private southwest valley residence, near Town Center Drive and Desert Primrose Lane, and at West Coast Core Company, near Highland Drive and Sahara Avenue.
Alex Wertheim, Dean Sbraccia, Michael Sbraccia, Dawn Yon, Charles Nicholas Smith, Michelle Susan Mourelatos and Daniel James Kelly face a multitude of charges in connection to the theft of catalytic converters, which were taken from parked cars.
Police said the converters are normally stolen because of the platinum, palladium and iridium in them, and are sold for a street value of $75-$150, although repair costs for the owners may be thousands of dollars.
An accomplished thief can steal a catalytic converter in under a minute, police officials said.
The 129 charges that these seven individuals face include owning and operating a chop-shop, attempting to buy or receive stolen property, grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, falsely attaching or removing a VIN number from a vehicle and destroying the property of others.
The investigation continues, and anyone with information is urged to call Las Vegas police at 828-3586, or to remain anonymous, call 385-5555 or contact crimestoppersofnv.com.
Contact Rochel Leah Goldblatt at email@example.com or 702-383-0381.