Four Gwinnett County men were arrested during an undercover investigation into the illegal purchases of catalytic converters, police said.
Mirsad Nuhanovic, 18, of Lawrenceville, Adin Hasikic, 21, of Grayson, Semco Beganovic, 23, of Lawrenceville, and Eniz Salkic, 28, of Grayson, were charged with illegal payment for regulated material and second metal recycler maintain/cause to maintain required information.
Catalytic converters are regulated material and their sale must be properly documented. The cost to replace the device in a vehicle is $1,000.
After an increase in stolen catalytic converters from vehicles, police responded to social media ads by going undercover, an investigation known as Operation Cat Call.
“The objective of this operation was to stop the illegal purchasing of catalytic converters thus hoping to reduce the number of thefts/damage to vehicles in the community,” Gwinnett police said.
The four men met with undercover officers and purchased the catalytic converters with cash May 30.
They were taken to the Gwinnett County Jail. All were released the same day on a $1,300 bond, online jail records show.
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