Chicago-area authorities recovered more than 600 stolen catalytic converters found on a suspected thief’s property.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he can’t think of any other statue across the country where more catalytic converters have been found.
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Ramsey Sandoka, 40, has been charged with the felony and misdemeanor of failing to keep recyclables purchase records, selling/buying catalytic converters and violating the Recycled Metals Act.
On May 7, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglar alarm in Worth Township. When he knocked on the main door, there was no one at home. As representatives walked along the property, they saw hundreds of catalytic converters in metal crates and others stacked along fences.
Officials said the property belonged to Sandoka. Investigators said he owned a tow company but found no record that he or the business had a license to buy, sell, recycle or possess catalytic converters.
The sheriff’s office said, “Sandoka could not provide documents to investigators to show he owned or had a license to buy, sell, recycle or possess vehicle parts.”
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On 9 May, the authorities took away the converters, some of which had been recently cut. Catalytic converters are a valuable target for thieves because they contain precious metals that can be sold for a high price.