A south suburban man is facing multiple charges after investigators said they found hundreds of catalytic converters on his property in what they called one of the largest such recoveries across Illinois.
Ramsy Sandoka, 40, has been charged with a felony count of aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanor counts of failure to keep recyclable purchase records, selling/purchasing catalytic converters and a violation of recycle metal law after police found more than 600 catalytic converters at his Worth Township home.
According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Sandoka’s home Sunday, but when they arrived, no one answered the door. As they walked along the property’s perimeter to secure the home, they allegedly saw what appeared to be hundreds of catalytic converters strewn throughout the backyard.
The sheriff’s office said Sandoka owns a towing company, but there’s no record showing that he or his business have a license to buy, sell, recycle or possess catalytic converters.
Sheriff's police officers and members of the Illinois Statewide Auto Theft Taskforce executed a search warrant on the property Tuesday, where they recovered 612 catalytic converters of “all shapes and sizes,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Those converters were also in various stages of rust, according to the sheriff’s office, including some which had no rust, indicating they had recently been cut from vehicles.
When Sandoka failed to provide converters with documentation showing he owned the parts or that he had a license to buy, sell, recycle, or possess them, he was placed under arrest.
Sandoka is set to appear in court for a bond hearing Thursday.