Monday, March 1, 2010

Eight Houston Men Arrested for Stealing Car Parts

Apparently, Toyota has not suffered enough with its numerous recalls, cars that accelerate to over 100mph without warning, and testimonies from terrified owners in front of a Congressional committee. Eight men in Houston decided to bring more grief upon the troubled company by visiting local dealerships and sawing off brand-new catalytic converters from Toyota Tundras. I am sure the dealership owners in the area must be thinking, "Come on, Honda? Audi? Doesn't anyone else want to take a turn with some of this stuff?"

Houston police have arrested the eight men and charged three of them with engaging in organized criminal activity, while the other five participants have been charged with felony theft. Starting in early November, the men vandalized more than 100 pick-up trucks at four different dealerships in the Houston area. They sold the converters to local scrap metal businesses that paid about $80 for each piece. I have to wonder if the scrap proprietors ever wondered how these same guys kept wearing out so many converters, since parts sold to such places are usually exhausted beyond their usefulness.

I know that times are tough in this economy, but I do not recommend taking some of the tools out of your shed and removing important pieces from vehicles that do not belong to you. However, if you are accused of such an act, you will need experienced legal representation for your day in court. The criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP are ready to help you. Or, maybe you happened to be in the presence of one of your buddies when he took a saw to an engine and his hand slipped. If so, one of our personal injury lawyers is ready to plead your case. Please contact our offices in Austin, Houston, or San Antonio and let's discuss your situation.

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