LIVERMORE, Calif. - Livermore Police say a tip from an observant resident helped them bust a car burglary ring.
The resident allegedly saw people acting suspiciously and snapped a photo of a partial license plate in January.
When officers responded they found that a catalytic converter had been stolen.
The officers formed a task force and after a 11-month investigation identified 30 suspects.
A search warrant in Stockton recovered more than 50 catalytic converters, illegal weapons, drugs, and nearly $100,000 in cash, according to authorities.
The Bay Area has seen a surge in catalytic converter thefts recently. Last month four men were arrested in Fairfield for their involvement in a similar ring.