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December 30, 2011 > Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested

Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested

Submitted By Lt. Steven Petrakovitz, Milpitas PD

On December 25, 2011, at 11:57 p.m., Milpitas Police officers arrested two men, Stockton residents, Nhean Bing and Phal Bing, for attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle that was parked on Camarillo Court. An alert resident saw the suspects drive into the area and park next to a neighbor's vehicle. The witness watched as both of the suspects got out of their car and started walking around the neighbor's vehicle, and immediately called the Milpitas Police Department. When officers arrived, one of the suspects hid in nearby bushes, while the other one went back to his car.

Officers quickly caught both suspects. Evidence at the scene indicated the suspects were interrupted by the arriving police officers as they tried to steal the catalytic converter from the victim's vehicle. Both men were booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted grand theft, possession of burglary tools, tampering with a vehicle, and conspiracy.

The Milpitas Police Department encourages the public to immediately call 911 to report in-progress crimes or suspicious activities. Anyone with any information regarding this incident or other criminal activity is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:

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