After an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts from parked vehicles this fall, Napa County Sheriff's deputies have made arrests in two cases —
one last Friday and another one Monday night.
Monday's incident started with a report to Napa Police just before 8 p.m. from a resident on the 1600 block of Silverado Trail who said they had caught suspects attempting to steal the catalytic converter from their vehicle.
The suspects fled the scene in an older Chevrolet Suburban, but were pulled over by sheriff's deputies on Highway 29 at Airport Boulevard, police said.
Police said saws and other power tools were found inside the SUV, as well as a catalytic converter sitting on the rear passenger seat.
Officers booked Froilan Cesar Mendez, 49 of Richmond, and Seth Victor Goepfert, 42, of San Pablo into the Napa County jail for possible charges of grand theft, receiving stolen property and vehicle tampering.
Goepfert initially told police that his name was Jason Flud, but his true identity was determined by his fingerprints, police said.
In early December, Napa police reported an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts — 37 over three months inside the city limits.
These pollution control devices contain precious metals and can be worth $100 to $500 on the black market.
Police advise vehicle owners to park inside whenever possible, park in well-lit areas outside, park close to building entrances and busy roads, consider adding video surveillance to where you park and engrave the vehicle’s VIN on the converter to assist in identifying the part if stolen.
WATCH NOW: RN AT ADVENTIST HEALTH ST. HELENA GETS HER COVID-19 VACCINATION
Adventist Health St. Helena began vaccinating its ICU staff Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Captured here: Monica Flores, 26, of Napa, is the first person to receive her vaccination. Flores, a Registered Nurse, was deployed to New York City in the early spring, when the pandemic was at its worst there.
SEE HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS IN NAPA VALLEY
Photos: Holiday Light Displays in Napa Valley 2020
1713 Cedar St., Calistoga
We went big with lights this year to brighten everyone’s holidays, especially the kids, and it has been well worth it to see their smiles and hear their thank yous!
-- Submitted by
3431 Westminster Court, Napa
Bill Mulkeen has been decorating his home for the holidays for many years "He loves it when he sees cars stop in the street," says son Ryan Mulkeen.
2976 Woodcrest Drive, Napa
We love Christmas and enjoy bringing joy to our neighborhood and community, says Angelica Rincon.
3375 Kensington Place, Napa
A holiday display dances to music on Kensington Place in Napa.
2238 Second St., Napa
You'll find Santa on Second Street in Napa again this year. He's ready to meet with families — socially distanced, of course. For details, check out #napasantaclark on Facebook.
2112 W. Lincoln Ave., Napa
The display at 2112 W. Lincoln Ave., Napa, includes six yard inflatables, Santa on the roof, a light-up nativity scene, and lights all around the house.
1742 Olympia Court, Napa
"I’ve been doing Christmas lights since I was little with my dad," says Tami Brady of Napa. "The candy canes out front were made by me and my dad 30 years ago! As a mom, I am keeping the tradition alive with my kids!"
3627 Harkness St., Napa
Mr. Tews magical display of Christmas blow ups.
1031 Vallejo St., Napa
140 S. Seminary St., Napa
"I have a very small house, but my neighbors are enjoying the lights," says
Ellen Frediani of Napa. "Make sure you stay long enough to watch Snoopy's mailbox!"
1459 Oak St., Napa
3364 Twin Oaks Drive, Napa
2552 Macgregor Court, Napa
Twinkling lights on Macgregor Court in Napa.
3301 Linda Mesa Way, Napa
This home at 3301 Linda Mesa Way in Napa has been attracting holiday visitors for more than 40 years.
420 Pickwick Drive, Napa
The scene is always festive at 420 Pickwick Drive, Napa.
3407 and 3409 Ellen Way, Napa
You'll find a peaceful lighted forest with deer, polar bears and a river between two yards on Ellen Way in Napa.
1230 Terrace Drive, Napa
"I’ve collected Christmas lights and decor for many years," says Tammy Luke of her Terrace Drive home in Napa. "The Snow White and Dwarfs are over 80 years old. I enjoy doing this every year in a different way to bring joy to all who pass by."
3474 Quail Court, Napa
"Our children are autistic and love Christmas lights, but it is not always easy for us to go look at all the lights, so we try to do a little bit bigger every year for them here at home," says Tammie and Edwin Quisenberry of their Quail Court home in Napa
1166 East Ave. Napa
Christmas in the snow-Disney theme
Submitted by Scot Norton
18 Tuscany Court, Napa
3186 Piedmont Ave., Napa
Recreating holiday magic!
Submitted by Tayler Tildsley
4235 Linus Court, Napa
You'll find a festive ferris wheel, a merry go round and lots of cut out characters on Linus Court in Napa.
3500 Argyle St., Napa
My 6 year old great nephew Giovanni and I love to decorate for Christmas, says Alane Christensen.
1151 Paulson Court, St. Helena
1113 Alta Ave., Napa
This 115 years old on Alta Avenue in Napa is sparkling this holiday season.
919 Vallejo St., Napa
Classic colorful lights on little house (built 1899) plus a pickup truck outlined in lights on Vallejo Street in Napa.
109 Paradise Drive, Napa
Christmas meets "Star Wars" on Paradise Drive in Napa.
2033 Sommer St. Napa
A very colorful display with new and vintage Christmas decorations on Sommer Street in Napa.
323 S. Hartson St., Napa
"Years ago our family had a display of Christmas lights, snowmen, Santa, and a sleigh with eight reindeer not to mention a runway for take off," says Amy Heathcote. "As our children grew, the display became less frequent. This year with both college students home, we decided to recreate a fresh display featuring our snow family in our own winter wonderland!"
1383 Spruce St., Napa
The Grinch is trying to steal Christmas on Spruce Street in Napa.
446 S. Jefferson St., Napa
Holiday lights shine bright on South Jefferson Street in Napa.
2533 Yajome St., Napa
Holiday magic sparkles on Yajome Street in Napa.
4087 Browns Valley Road, Napa
1938 Mack Christmas truck is decorated in lights on Browns Valley Road.
204 Los Altos Place, American Canyon
A festive scene at Los Altos Place in American Canyon.
870 Windsor St., Napa
25+ inflatables, candy cane border and lights! First time ever decorating my yard. Just want to bring a smile to kids of all ages.
Submitted by Serenity Ryan
2912 Conifer Court, Napa
11 Westwood Ave., Napa
A Minnie and Mickey Mouse Christmas on Westwood Avenue in Napa.
2352 Stonehouse Drive, Napa
Look for Santa and his reindeer on Stonehouse Drive in Napa.
1630 El Centro Ave., Napa
My brother and I are back at home in Napa from College due to the Covid pandemic. We decided to bring to our neighbors a holiday wonderland of lights at our house. We painted wine barrels to make giant Christmas ornaments and have a musical soundtrack along with the lights.
Submitted by Jax Shull
3280 Macbeth St., Napa
Lots of lights, blow ups and a 12-foot Santa.
Submitted by Sarah Perez
3296 Macbeth St., Napa
There are lots of lights and inflatables on Macbeth Street in Napa this year.
3297 Macbeth St., Napa
Lots of lights, 7 1/2 ft angel, Light show
Submitted by Noel Fradella
1410 El Centro Ave., Napa
A tree of lights awaits you at 1410 El Centro Ave. in Napa.
770 Concord Court, Napa
Barney, Fred Flintstone and Bambi celebrate the holidays among decorate smiling snowmen on Concord Drive in Napa.
Highland Court, Napa
Highland Court is right off Highland Drive (off Silverado Trail, lower Alta Heights).
Submitted by Patricia (Patty) Ashauer
3092 Hermosa Drive, Napa
1430 A St., Napa
Merry Christmas from the Bizicki Family!
Oak Circle, Yountville
1221 Spring Brook Court, St. Helena
Marilyn McKay Coy
811 Jefferson St., Napa
Napa County Farm Bureau dressed for the holidays.
Submitted by Ryan Klobas
2359 Las Flores Drive, Napa
A jolly, bright Christmas on Las Flores Drive.
19 Buhman Court, Napa
Buhman Court in Napa is getting into the holiday spirit.
1532 D St., Napa
770 Magellan Way, Napa
This light display can be seen by boat or from the Imola bridge, says Robert Fowles.
2101 Russell St., Napa
Submitted by Debbie
Holiday Lights 2018
A holiday lights display at 1326 Oak St., Napa.
Napa County's new fire reality
The Glass Fire burns a hillside above Silverado Trail in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
The LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames from the County fire burn above Cache Creek Casino Resort on Sunday, July 1, 2018, in Capay, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames on Atlas Peak as seen from the valley floor at 1 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.
The charred remains of one of the many destroyed homes near Silverado Resort as a result of the Atlas Fire.
The remains of a home continues to burn at Silverado Country Club from the Atlas Fire on Monday. The fire, which began on Sunday night, is one of a number of fires that have already burned more than 50,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties.
The smoldering remains of a home destroyed at Silverado Country by the Atlas Fire is seen on Monday. The fire, which began on Sunday night, is one of a number of fires that have already burned more than 50,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties.
A home burns at Silverado Country Club on Monday from the Atlas Fire. The fire, which began on Sunday night, is one of a number of fires that have already burned more than 50,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties.
A wildfire burns grasses at a livestock ranch in Guinda, Calif., Sunday July 1, 2018. Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles (120 kilometers) south into the San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A wildfire burns near Lake Berryessa in Napa, Calif., Sunday, July 1, 2018. Smoke from the Yolo County fire was contributing to poor air quality in Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, according to the National Weather Service. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP)
Hot Shot crews from Mendocino use backfires to help contain the County Fire along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, California, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
Fire burns the hillsides as the County Fire continues along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, California, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
Flames from the Glass Fire consume a vineyard building in St. Helena on Sept. 27, 2020.
An air tanker drops retardant on the Glass Fire burning above Davis Estates winery in Calistoga, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A firefighter battles the Glass Fire burning in Calistoga, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames from the Glass Fire consume the Glass Mountain Inn, late Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Helena, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
APTOPIX California Wildfires
A flag flies as flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires crest a ridge Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Napa County, Calif. The blaze went on to destroy multiple homes near Lake Berryessa. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of blazes sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The blaze went on to destroy multiple homes near Lake Berryessa. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
APTOPIX California Wildfires
An air tanker drops retardant as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires lick above a fire truck in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Volunteer firefighter Noah Barela, 19, and firefighter Brandon Bain, 20, both of Arizona, stand by as Fire Chief Jerry McGraw uses a chainsaw to cut down fire-weakened trees in a fire zone on the 5000 block of Dry Creek Road during the Nuns Fire, October 2017.
Volunteer firefighter Noah Barela, 19, of Arizona, hoses down hot spots in a fire zone on the 5000 block of Dry Creek Road during the Nuns Fire, Oct. 14, 2017.
Fire Chief Jerry McGraw of Arizona’s White Mountain Lake Fire District hoses down some burning trees on the 5000 block of Dry Creek Road during the Nuns Fire, Oct. 14, 2017.
Oakville during the Nuns Fire
A helicopter lowers itself toward an irrigation basin amid the vineyards of Highway 29 in Oakville during firefighting efforts Monday morning against the Nuns Fire, which is straddling Napa and Sonoma counties and was 50 percent contained.
Carneros Fire Damage
Burned hillsides from the Partrick Fire are seen near Artessa Winery on Tuesday morning along Henry Road.
Homes and businesses on the west side of Calistoga were without power Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 as part of PG&E's pre-emptory shutdown the previosu day, affecting 11,026 Napa County customers. Some businesses brought in generators. Calistoga Dental Group was closed.
Smoke from fires across Northern California cast an unearthly orange glow across downtown Napa, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.
A few diners braved increasingly acrid smoke from the North Bay wildfires to sit down to al fresco brunches on Main Street, on Aug. 23, 2020, where Napa has closed a block of roadway to make room for restaurant tables during the coronavirus emergency. One of the eateries, Avow, closed early at 2 p.m. as air quality worsened.
Blackened trees in the distance, and all around Mountain Home Ranch, are a constant reminder of the Tubbs Fire that destroyed the ranch and all of its lodging.
John and Suzanne Fouts point down to an area where a walk-in refrigerator stood, where their son and some of Mountain Home Ranch guests took refuge from the Tubbs Fire. But embers and flaming debris fell down a dumbwaiter shaft, near where John stands, and caught the lower floor on fire.
Upvalley Fire Scenes
Sterling Vineyards, just south of Calistoga, is seen through a haze of smoke on Thursday morning, the result of various wildfires in the area. An evacuation order for the entire town of Calistoga remained in place.
California Wildfire Cause
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017 file photo, a firefighter holds a water hose while fighting a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. Investigators say the deadly 2017 wildfire that killed 22 people in California's wine country was caused by a private electrical system, not embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The state's firefighting agency said Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, that the Tubbs Fire started next to a residence. They did not find any violations of state law. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
California Wildfire Cause
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, a firefighter walks near a flaming house in Santa Rosa, Calif. Investigators say the deadly 2017 wildfire that killed 22 people in California's wine country was caused by a private electrical system, not embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The state's firefighting agency said Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, that the Tubbs Fire started next to a residence. They did not find any violations of state law. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)