More than 300 police officers have participated in raids in the south east of England.
The police acted against a suspected criminal gang suspected of stealing catalytic converters.
Police officers from the Met, Kent, Essex and the UK Traffic Police, as well as officials from the Government Agency Intelligence Network, carried out the raids in east London, Kent and Essex.
Eight of the warrants were carried out on neighboring properties on Millfields Road in Lower Clapton – and 150 officers, as well as dog handlers and a police helicopter, were involved in the robberies.
Two men were later arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal catalytic converters, while a third man was arrested on suspicion of theft of more than 25 pieces.
The police also confiscated more than 18 catalytic converters and tools used in their theft, including an angle grinder.
They also confiscated stolen cars, £ 50,000 in cash and a lot of drugs.
Nine vehicles with false license plates were discovered at a location in east London.
Meanwhile, investigators also searched a metalworking facility in Hackney, north London, where converters and other stolen metal were stolen from railroads and telephone poles.
A shipping container with stolen metal and auto parts was intercepted in Essex before it could be sent to Ivory Coast.
Catalysts contain precious metals and therefore have a relatively high value as scrap.
They are often sent abroad for refinement.
Detective Chief Inspector James Stanyer, the Met’s chief vehicle crime officer, said, “The criminals involved in catalytic converter theft often commit their crimes in full view of vehicle owners and other members of the public, leaving them shocked and terrorized back .
“The information gathered during this investigation will ultimately lead to more proactive work to prevent this crime and get those involved to face the consequences of their actions.”
Many different types of vehicles are attacked by catalyst thieves.
As part of a fight against the trend, Toyota has now implemented a national labeling system to facilitate the recovery of stolen parts.