Suspects Arrested in Catalytic Converter Theft

A man and woman were arrested for stealing a catalytic converter in Burbank.

The incident occurred on June 27 at about 3:25 a.m. Burbank Police responded to the 1400 block of North Naomi Street regarding a report of a catalytic converter theft in progress.

When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim who said he was inside his home and heard what he believed to be the sound of grinding metal. The victim opened his front door and saw a man standing next to the hood of his Toyota Sequoia as well as a second person underneath his vehicle, which led him to believe the suspects were in the process of stealing his catalytic converter. The two suspects quickly fled in a vehicle. The victim looked under his vehicle and confirmed his catalytic converter had been stolen.

Officers searched the surrounding area and apprehended the two suspects in the described vehicle as they made their way toward the freeway.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, officers located a reciprocating saw, a cut catalytic converter and evidence further indicating the two were involved in the crime of stealing catalytic converters.

The suspects have been identified as Nancy Guevara-Lopez, 18, and Guillermo Martinez-Fabian, 27, both residents of Los Angeles. Guevara-Lopez and Martinez-Fabian were arrested and booked for grand theft, a felony, and were each held in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

Formal charges are pending review by the Los Angeles County district attorney.