Over the last several weeks, the Colusa Police Department has seen an increase in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.
“Most commonly they are stolen from Dodge diesel pickups, and occasionally from Toyota Pickups and SUV’s,” said Colusa Police Chief, Josh Fitch.
According to Fitch the thefts happen during the night and they are either cut-off or unbolted from the vehicles.
“My best guess, why these vehicles are targeted, is because the converters are more accessible as opposed to other vehicles,” said Fitch.
Stolen catalytic converters are often sold to scrap yards or sold as replacement parts.
“The best way to prevent these thefts is always to park in lighted areas, and to report any suspicious activity,” said Fitch, “it also may be a good idea to engrave your vehicle license plate number on the converter to help us locate it if it’s stolen.”