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Four Arrested for NJ Catalytic Converter Theft Ring

By metrostaff on

Police in Clifton arrested four individuals for a theft that occurred in the city on Tuesday morning.

According to Clifton authorities, on November 29, at approximately 3:30 a.m. units responded to the area of East 4th Street on the report of a theft of catalytic converters in progress.

Police say, prior to their arrival, two vehicles had already fled the scene. 

Both vehicles were spotted by arriving officers.

Police said, of the driver, who was in operation of a silver Kia, was stopped by Clifton officers in the City of Paterson, while the second vehicle, a blue Acura TL, fled from officers. 

The motor vehicle stop in Paterson resulted in the discovery of numerous catalytic converters and culminated in the arrest of the driver, Pedro Mirben-Feliz, 26, out of Brooklyn. 

Officials say, meanwhile, the Acura TL crashed on Rt 3 in Secaucus (no pursuit involved). Secaucus police responded and placed three individuals under arrest, specifically:

1) Juan Ortegalazala, 29, of The Bronx (Driver)

2) Yheremy Santana, 22, of Jersey City

3) Angel Batista, 18, of Jersey City


Between both suspect vehicles, police said 21 catalytic converters were recovered by police, along with jack stands and cutting tools. 

All suspects were charged with Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Burglar Tools. 

Juan Ortegalazala was additionally charged with Eluding.