14 indicted after trafficking practically 45,000 stolen catalytic converters, police say

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KPTV/Grey Information) – Police in Oregon are cracking down on catalytic converter thefts.

The Beaverton Police Division studies it has hidden over 3,000 catalytic converters, lots of of hundreds of {dollars}, a high-end automotive and jewellery throughout its newest investigation into the trafficking of stolen catalytic converters.

In line with KPTV, the division’s investigation began in late 2021 with police figuring out 32-year-old Brennan Patrick Doyle, of Lake Oswego, because the chief of the legal group.

Police mentioned they consider Doyle trafficked over 44,000 stolen converters since January 2021, which quantities to about $22 million.

In line with Beaverton police, their investigation started when officers discovered about 32-year-old Tanner Lee Hellbusch operating an unlawful fencing operation for stolen catalytic converters.

In March, Hellbusch was stopped by police whereas driving a automotive with over 100 stolen catalytic converters value about $80,000. Police mentioned they arrested 12 different associates throughout their investigation.

Detectives mentioned the group capitalized on the elevated costs of the dear metals present in catalytic converters, akin to rhodium, platinum and palladium.

The division mentioned it discovered eight areas linked with the crime ring that spanned over six nations and reached into different states.

On July 29, a Washington County grand jury indicted Doyle, Hellbusch and 12 different individuals on prices of racketeering, aggravated theft and cash laundering.

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