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Minnesota search warrants executed in national catalytic converter theft conspiracy takedown

U.S. Justice Department says national ring yielded more than half a billion dollars for thieves


November 4, 2022

Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in the Twin Cities and across the country.

A federal takedown of a half-billion-dollar national catalytic converter theft ring included more than a dozen search warrant operations this week in Minnesota, federal authorities confirmed Thursday.

Homeland Security Investigations St. Paul said eight of the more than 32 search warrants executed nationwide this week took place in Minnesota. The Justice Department this week announced indictments related to the probe in California and Oklahoma, and said the investigation included coordinated arrests, searches and seizures in Minnesota and eight other states.

"This type of organized crime is extremely costly to victims, taxpayers, and the economy and often funds larger, more egregious, criminal enterprises that put the community at risk," said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) St. Paul Special Agent in Charge Jamie Holt. "HSI St. Paul agents have led a dynamic investigation, with the help of our local law enforcement partners, to disrupt criminal organizations and bring those who seek to profit from these stolen goods to justice."


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