OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An Oakland man was arrested in connection with catalytic converter theft in Santa Cruz County, authorities said.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office detectives and a multi-agency auto theft task force known as the SCARE team arrested 20-year-old Yudel Castillo without incident around noon Thursday in Oakland.
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Detectives said Castillo traveled to the county, more than 50 miles from Oakland, to carry out the thefts.
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Castillo has been booked on multiple charges, including theft, evasion by officials, and possession of burglary tools, according to the sheriff’s office. He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail on $ 125,000 bail.
It was not immediately known when Castillo would appear in court on the charges.
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Thefts of expensive emissions equipment have increased across the Bay Area due to the price of the precious metals inside. For victims, replacement costs can reach thousands of dollars.