Two men and a teenaged boy, all from Riverside or Los Angeles counties, have been charged with stealing catalytic converters after a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers pulled them over for speeding at about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 1.

When driver Gabriel Dekker, 24, of Riverside stopped on Wendy Boulevard in Newbury Park, front passenger Bryon Lopez, 22, of Los Angeles bolted a short distance but gave up and was arrested without incident while another CHP officer detained Dekker and the other passenger.

While talking to Dekker a CHP officer noticed saw blades, gloves and tools kits commonly used in auto parts thefts in Dekker’s gray sedan.

Thousand Oaks patrol deputies were asked to assist, and a search of the car revealed five recently cut catalytic converters, an industrial car jack, and a battery powered reciprocating saw in the trunk of the vehicle.

Dekker and Lopez have been booked into Ventura County Jail and the boy, a 17-year-old from Colton, into Juvenile Justice Center in Oxnard.

Camarillo detectives who learned of the arrest and were able to link the three suspects to a catalytic converter theft that occurred in July at the Home Depot in Camarillo.

Dekker has been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the Aug. 1 case, with bail has been set at $200, 000. Dekker has also been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft in the Home Depot case, with bail set at $250,000.

Lopez has been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding felony warrant for conspiracy to commit grand theft in the Aug. 1 case with bail set at $220,000.

Lopez has also been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft in the Home Depot case, with bail set at $250,000.

The 17-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of burglary tools, and possession of stolen property. Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s detectives are actively seeking to identify the victims of the catalytic converters located in the suspect vehicle.