Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are interviewing three men found with a bagful of catalytic converters at Sacramento International Airport.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the discovery comes at a time of increased catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in airport parking lots. A deputy assigned to the airport was on patrol in the economy lot about 6:30 a.m. when he noticed a parked vehicle with three men inside.
A bag was on the ground outside another vehicle nearby. The deputy stopped and apparently interrupted the theft of a catalytic converter from a large truck, Ramos said.
A search of the vehicle with the men turned up three other large truck catalytic converters inside a bag. Ramos said the men would likely be booked on grand theft charges.
Thieves typically slide under vehicles and cut the car air pollution control devices from vehicles. The devices are then sold for their metals.