Deputies capture catalytic converter thief in Orcutt

March 24, 2022


Santa Barbara County Sheriffs deputies arrested one suspect following a catalytic converter theft in Orcutt early Wednesday morning, but a second thief managed to get away.

At about 3:25 a.m., a 911 caller reported hearing tinkering sounds in the 900 block of Diamond Drive and seeing two suspects stealing a catalytic converter, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Santa Maria patrol deputies then came out to the area.

Shortly afterwards, deputies noticed a vehicle in the 700 block of Spencer Drive that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle. Before the deputies could stop the vehicle, the suspects parked and fled by foot.

Deputies established a perimeter around the area. With assistance from the CHP, deputies located one of the suspects on Cherry Avenue.

Upon searching the suspects’ vehicle, deputies found several catalytic converters, as well as a car jack and other tools.

Deputies arrested Merced resident Xiong Vue, 31, and booked him in the Santa Barbara County Main Jail for possession of stolen property and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Vue’s bail was set at $20,000.

Sheriff’s officials thank the 911 caller for quickly realizing a catalytic converter theft was taking place and reporting it.

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Same guy caught in May 2021 in SLO, same crime! He just keeps making the rounds!

He was booked but is he still in custody or will he be back stealing converters by the weekend?

The guy busted with 125,000 lethal does of fentanyl in Atascadero today was back on the street after a previous drug bust due to catch and release laws. And you can legally walk into any store and steal whatever you want under $900 in value. The Dems call it “hunter-gatherer culture” to be understood and respected, And you expect California Dems to crack down on catalytic converter theft?

Hope they throw the book at them, this thief has gotten out of hand…and the ones who buy them from thieves…