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Catalytic Converter Thefts Continue

Samarkand Neighborhood Targeted


Friday, December 28, 2012
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Police are urging residents once again to be vigilant in protecting catalytic converters on their vehicles as recent thefts have increased.

Owners of Toyota vehicles parked in the street on West Islay and in the Samarkand neighborhood have seen their catalytic converters – emissions control devices frequently stolen because of their valuable metal – disappear in recent weeks. In early December, police were able to apprehend three alleged thieves of catalytic converters, but thefts have continued.

Authorities say the thefts usually occur after midnight. The thieves usually park nearby, crawl under the targeted vehicle, and cut out the catalytic converter. Sometimes, an electric saw is used, and often, trucks are targeted because they are easier to crawl under.

Police encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity – like slowly moving vehicles late at night – to call 9-1-1.

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I'm surprised no one hears the noise? who buys these stolen items? they should be facing receiving stolen property, and possible conspiracy charges, because theoretically, by buying these stolen items, they are giving the thieves money to go out and get these items. is it scrap yards? used parts buyers/sellers? If there is such a thing as legitimate buyers of these items, they should require ID from sellers and keep a record (like pawn shops do) and on top of that, they should be required to have video surveillance that records images of the sellers entering and leaving their establishments, and possibly of their vehicles in whatever parking they offer to sellers of such items.
just a few ideas to make it harder for the miscreants who do these things.
Another idea...A sting operation shouldn't be too hard to set up.
catch them in the act.

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
December 28, 2012 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, when news reporters show everybody how to steal them and who to sell them to, gee....other people start doing it.
People should? make it more difficult to remove. Caulking the nuts, use a file on the nuts. etc.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
December 28, 2012 at 8:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gluteous,
I've wondered how hard could it be to catch the thieves stealing valuable tools from workmen's trucks. These aren't rich people and their tools are their livelihood. There's witness descriptions and the whole nine yards.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 29, 2012 at 12:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

More victims of the Drug War. Why do people do this? Usually to support their habit, because it sure isn't to support their families. There are logs and most places do have cameras, but how would you know if a catalytic converter has been stolen or not? They are like aluminum cans, they have no way to ID them. Plus, what makes you think you can't go down to LA and get rid of them. All I would suggest is to keep an eye out for strange people (common sense) and if you do have a Toyota, keep it in your driveway or close to home.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 30, 2012 at 7:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Agree yet again AZ.
My suggestion: Get the unregulated and unelected fascists from the California Air Resources Board after these thieves and enact a life sentence for polluting Mother Earth...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2012 at 6:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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