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Posted on: March 30, 2022

[ARCHIVED] One Arrested in Series of Catalytic Converter Thefts


Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Robert Martinez

File # MV220340196


Nathan Hohnstein

In March 2022, the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, Robbery Burglary Suppression Team (RBST), began investigating a series of catalytic converter thefts that occurred in the city of Moreno Valley. Through various investigative leads, RBST identified a suspect responsible for multiple catalytic converter thefts. The suspect was identified as, Nathan Hohnstein, a 36-year-old resident of Moreno Valley, and the vehicle he used while committing these thefts was identified as a 2017 black Dodge Challenger.

On March 24, 2022, RBST served a search warrant at the residence on Bald Eagle Lane, Moreno Valley, where evidence related to the thefts was recovered, including multiple catalytic converters. At the time of the search warrant, Nathan was not located. RBST personnel continued the investigation and subsequently located Nathan at a residence in the 38000 block of Orchard Street, in the unincorporated area of Riverside County known as Cherry Valley.

On March 30, 2022, RBST, along with the Special Enforcement Team/Gang Unit, Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT, and the Aviation Unit, served a search warrant at the residence on Orchard Street. Nathan was located and taken into custody without incident.

The Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station RBST believes Nathan may be responsible for multiple additional catalytic converter thefts and is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Timothy Passalacqua at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 486-6700.

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