When the Police arrived at the scene, they discovered that the abandoned BMW X6 had catalytic converters in it. That’s when they became even more suspicious.
The news about the accident spread rapidly and a man says he recognized the SUV. A video shot at night allegedly shows the same plateless BMW driving in the Bronx area where these men used to run their illegal operation. Police did find a number plate inside the X6 but were unable to link it to previous thefts.
The NYC Police told ABC7NY the three men are a suspected ring of catalytic converter thieves who targeted mostly car owners from the Bronx area. The problem is well known by the authorities. They tried to come up with a solution, but it will take time to implement it properly. Authorities recommend car owners have their catalytic converters etched.
The suspects are now accused of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death and possession of stolen property. They are scheduled to appear in front of a judge.
Police are also trying to find the cars that were left without a catalytic converter. If the cuts match up with the ones found in the BMW, they will be returned to their rightful owners.