Berkeley police arrest 2 suspects on suspicion of attempted catalytic converter theft

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On Sunday at 9:45 p.m., a resident noticed two suspects allegedly trying to steal a catalytic converter from a parked vehicle on the 2200 block of San Pablo Avenue. 

Upon realizing they had been seen, the suspects started driving away when officers spotted their vehicle and detained them, according to an email from Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Byron White. The officers proceeded to search the suspect vehicle and found several saws, wrenches, drills and pry tools.

After inspecting the vehicle the suspects were initially seen tampering with, officers discovered that the catalytic converter was partially removed, White said in the email.

The suspects were identified as 42-year-old Pinole man Adrian Rojo and 38-year-old Martinez man Robert Laubach and were arrested on suspicion of attempted grand theft, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy, White added in the email.

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Maxine Mouly is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @moulymaxine.