2 arrested, 1 at large after Santa Rosa vehicle and catalytic converter theft

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Two women were arrested on Friday, while one is still at large after a vehicle and two catalytic converters were stolen. 

According to Santa Rosa Police Department, around 9:34 a.m., officers responded to the 70 block of W. 3rd Street, where they found three female suspects trying to drive a stolen Toyota Highlander. 

The three suspects ran away from the scene towards Pierson Street. 

Two of them were seen walking on nearby residential property on the 100 block of Pierson Street. 

According to police, the third suspect was last seen walking westbound on W. 3rd St. When officers searched the area, they captured two suspects hiding in a small bathroom. 

Both suspects were taken into custody and booked into Sonoma County Jail. The third suspect is still at large. 

The Toyota Highlander had a stolen license plate, and police found two stolen catalytic converters inside the vehicle. 

“Officers located several pieces of mail and identifying information that appeared to have been stolen from a residential area in Petaluma inside the Highlander. There were also new, unboxed tools and other burglary tools often used to cut catalytic converters from vehicles in the passenger compartment of the Highlander,” the SRPD wrote.

The two arrested suspects were identified as 27-year-old Oakland resident Raechelle Howard and 29-year-old San Leandro resident Michaela Hicks. They were arrested and booked into jail for the following felony counts.

Howard: vandalism, conspiracy, ID theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, “impersonate another” and “bring narcotic/controlled substance into jail.” Hicks: vandalism, conspiracy and ID theft.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.