Cook County Sheriff’s Bust Recovers 600 Stolen Catalytic Converters

By Joseph Accardo, The Chicago Times

May 11, 2023

COOK COUNTY, IL – A Worth Township man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the theft of over 600 stolen catalytic converters.

According to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, charges were announced Thursday after an investigation was launched on May 9.  On May 7, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm in the 600 block of 128th Place in Worth Township.  On scene, deputies discovered the building was locked and then proceeded to patrol the perimeter of the property.  While securing the perimeter, deputies notice a pile of catalytic converters visible through a fence.

Ramsy Sandoka. Photo: Cook County Sheriff’s Office

On May 9th, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois Statewide Auto Theft Task Force  opened an investigation and obtained a search warrant for the property owned by 40-year-old Ramsy Sandoka. 

It is alleged that Sandoka owns a towing company but does not have a license to buy, sell, recycle, or possess catalytic converters.   Sandoka was later charged with felony aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of failure to keep recyclable purchase records, selling/purchasing catalytic converters, and violation of recycle metal law.