Fairfield police have arrested a Vallejo man in connection with catalytic converter thefts occurring in Fairfield and Cordelia.
On Wednesday, detectives arrested Aaron Hoover, 26.
A search warrant was served at his home, officials said, and burglary tools and other items related to the crimes were found. Hoover was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of felony grand property theft, possession of burglary tools, tampering with a vehicle and a probation violation.
Thieves typically use a saw or wrench to remove catalytic converters and removal can take as little as one minute, police said.
To protect yourself, officials offer these tips from The Spruce.
- Watch this video, https://youtu.be/d1OoxDe-IDg, to understand the wave of catalytic converter thefts.
- Think of ways to park that would make it challenging for thieves to get under your vehicle.
- If you have a garage, park your car inside and keep the garage door shut.
- Have the catalytic converter welded to your car’s frame, which may make it harder to steal.
- The aftermarket has responded by designing products to deter and prevent catalytic converter theft. The idea behind such devices is that if it takes too long to make the steal, the thieves will move on to easier pickings. The “Cat Security” “CatClamp, for example, which starts at $160-$350, is a hard-to-defeat cage or shield installed around or over the catalytic converter. This product can be installed by a mechanic or at home with an included…