Three suspects arrested in Christmas Eve catalytic converter thefts

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Three alleged thieves were arrested on Christmas Eve for stealing catalytic converters. 

According to Cloverdale Police Department, they received multiple calls on Saturday about a gold Mercedes Benz running the area and “tampering with parked vehicles.” 

CPD located the gold 2001 C420 Mercedez Benz on South Foothill Boulevard and Sandholm Lane and proceeded with a traffic stop. 

Police say three men were inside the vehicle: Jose Robles, 38, Hugo Cerda, 38, and David Coyt, 28.

Further investigation reveals tools commonly used in burglary and catalytic converter theft. The men were later arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, which included conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, theft, and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

If you have any further information about this incident, please contact CPD Officer Katie Vanoni at (707) 894-2150 or kvanoni@ci.cloverdale.ca.us.

Police are asking residents to take preventative steps to avoid catalytic converter theft, including parking in well-lit or secured areas and installing a Cat Security Shield, which is a strong barrier against 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.