Erick Vasquez was arrested Monday in connection with another theft and bailed out of jail soon after.
Detectives later found Vasquez at the Fat Cat Recycling in Merced. They say he was trying to sell catalytic converters to replace the money he used to bail out of jail.
Investigators believed the catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles at the Merced County Corporate Yard. They matched each part to several cars at the county yard.
Police arrested Vasquez again on charges of possession of stolen property and committing a crime while on bail.
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