Three people were arrested Thursday after being found with stolen catalytic converters in the trunk of their car at a gas station just outside Petaluma.
A sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the parking lot of the Gas-N-Shop gas station, located on US101 and Kastania Road, when he spotted a car with fraudulent registration stickers on the rear license plate.
After running the names of the people in the car, the deputy learned that two of the occupants were on parole out of Modesto County and not allowed to be in Sonoma County. A search of the vehicle ensued and revealed burglary tools along with eight catalytic converters.
Catalytic converters are a commonly stolen from vehicles for to the scrap metal value of the titanium.
The arrested include James Luke Osborne, 25, and Brett Hegwood, 26, both of Modesto, and Crisandre Brooke Clements, 25, from Turlock. All were charged with being in possession of stolen property and being in possession of burglary tools. Osborne and Hegwood were also charged with violating the conditions of their parole.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department at (707) 565-2650.