Five people have been arrested in a catalytic converter ring bust that spanned Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris counties on Wednesday.
As authorities arrived, Eyewitness News was the first on the scene.
Investigators packed up 17 massive pallets of catalytic converters and 50 buckets of important precious metals usually encountered inside these converters.
They confirmed the seizure of approximately 1,450 converters and oxygen sensors worth approximately $4.3 million stolen from Houston and Brazoria County on Wednesday evening.
Police also took at least $840,000, five vehicles, and a forklift, according to a source.
According to detectives, their investigation began earlier in the year and has grown as a coordinated crime ring has surfaced.
Three homes and three businesses were raided by police, including a busy tailoring shop in Pearland.
Several customers arrived at the store on Wednesday, hoping to pick up their goods.
Henri Pham, Le Quoc, Timothy Ngo, Tram Le, and Tran Le were arrested by Pearland police.