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Merced Man Found With Catalytic Converter, Arrested For Grand Theft In Davis

DAVIS (CBS13) — Police arrested a Merced man on charges of grand theft in connection to a catalytic converter theft early Saturday morning in Davis.

Officers were called to the 4500 block of Alhambra at 2:28 a.m. Saturday on reports of a man tampering with a vehicle. At the scene, they detained 29-year-old Vue Xiong, who they found in a vehicle.

Inside, officers say they found a Toyota catalytic converter, a contract-grade reciprocating saw, a floor jack, and a contractor-grade impact drill.

Catalytic Converter Theft

On Saturday morning (November 30, 2019), at approximately 02:28 AM, officers responded to 4500 Alhambra in response to a male subject tampering with a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers detained Vue Xiong (29 year old male from Merced, Ca.). Xiong was in a vehicle at the time of the stop. A search of the vehicle revealed a contractor-grade reciprocating saw, a floor jack used for raising vehicles, a contractor-grade impact drill and a Toyota catalytic converter. Further investigation conducted by the officers yielded a victim vehicle (a Toyota Prius) in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Vue Xiong was subsequently arrested for grand theft and possession of narcotics and booked into the Yolo County Jail. Catalytic converter theft remains a regional problem. We urge residents to call in suspicious behavior, report such thefts to local law enforcement, and contact us if you have any additional information about who may be responsible for catalytic converter thefts.

Posted by City of Davis Police Department on Monday, December 2, 2019

Officers later found a victim vehicle, a Toyota Prius, in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

READ: Hybrid Vehicle Catalytic Converter Thefts Spike In Davis

Xiong was arrested for grand theft and possession of narcotics.

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