An alert witness spurred police action in San Mateo that led to the arrest of two men for allegedly stealing a catalytic converter on the 700 block of South Claremont Street the evening of Jan. 12, according to police.

At about 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, officers were dispatched to the location after a witness heard the sound of a saw outside his business and saw someone removing the catalytic converter while another man remained in a dark Honda. Once the catalytic converter was removed, they drove south on South Claremont Street and an officer located it heading south on South B Street. The car was stopped on 11th Avenue at South B Street and the two were identified during an in-field lineup as Jose Guerrero Ramirez, the driver, and Samuel Gonzalez, the passenger. Both are 33, from San Pablo, according to police.

A search of the vehicle yielded two catalytic converters, two reciprocating saws, additional saw blades, a car jack, drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine. Both were issued citations to appear due to COVID protocol, according to police.

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(3) comments

Terence Y

Wait, why didn’t officers follow the car to see if these thieves led them to the folks who placed their catalytic converter orders? Then police could issue more citations to appear. Maybe folks should slap on a bumper sticker, “My COVID-infected dog licked my catalytic converter.”

Dirk van Ulden

I trust their tools and car were confiscated lest they just move on to the next Prius? How much longer is COVID used as an excuse to keep such low lives out of our society?


Let us know if they show up in court with their citations.

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