A remote car starter stopped car thieves in their tracks, and helped police catch four suspects accused of stealing several catalytic converters.
A man walking back to his car outside the Century Theaters in Rocklin used his remote starter. Immediately, he saw men scurry out from under his car, get into another car and drive off.
The man was able to get a good description of the men, and part of the license plate of their car.
Rockling Police were able to track down the car along Highway 65; as they pulled it over, a passenger jumped out of the car and ran into a creek area.
The driver and two other passengers in the car were arrested. The passenger who ran off was found hiding in the bushes and later taken into custody.
Inside their car, officers found burglary tools, stolen property, and about a dozen catalytic converters. At the same time, police report a stream of calls came into dispatch reporting stolen converters. At least two were taken from cars parked at a church along Granite Drive.
The suspects are from Stockton, so investigators believe their crime spree could span multiple cities.
Benjamin Rodriguez, 32, Lee Marvin Nelson, 21, Brandon Leroy Brockl, 21, and Rhota Vin, 23, faces charges including grand theft, conspiracy, and possession of stolen property.