2 people arrested for allegedly stealing auto parts from an EHT dealership | criminality
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A man and woman, both from Millville, were arrested Thursday morning for attempting to steal catalytic converters from a car dealership in the Cardiff section of the township, police said on Friday.
At 1:38 a.m., police responded to an alarm at Matt Blatt Kia on the Black Horse Pike. The alarm company observed Steven Olivio, 42, and Elizabeth Rosario, 35, in the field looking under cars, police said in a press release. Officers arrived and found the two removing a car’s catalytic converter. They were pulled out by the police and two policemen sustained minor injuries as Olivio tried to escape.
Police said the two were already in possession of a different catalytic converter.
Olivio has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, theft, concealment, criminal mischief, attempted criminality, conspiracy, possession of burglar tools and obstruction. He was released with a citation.
Rosario was charged with Theft, Receiving, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Attempt, Conspiracy, Possession of Burglar Tools and Obstruction. She was also wanted under a warrant from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and was taken to Cumberland County Jail.
Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise due to the rise in the value of some of its metals, notably palladium and rhodium, in recent years. According to a February New York Times report, the value of rhodium has risen more than 3,000% over the past five years to reach $ 21,900 an ounce in 2021, about 12 times more valuable than gold.