Catalytic Converter Stolen From Prius; Police Offers Tips to Deter Would-Be Thieves

by MCS Staff

On October 31, Takoma Park Police responded for the report of a theft from auto in the 700 block of Chaney Drive.  Sometime between October 26 at 4:00 pm and October 28 at 10:00 am, unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius.

Per Takoma Park Police: In an effort to deter would-be thieves and to track stolen catalytic converters, the Takoma Park Police Department has teamed up with RS Automotive on Carroll Avenue and Lowe’s. People who want their catalytic converters etched and painted can visit RS Automotive, 7224 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, to have their license plate number etched onto their catalytic converter, free of charge.  An appointment is needed – 301-270-4418.

Our goal is to deter potential thieves looking to steal catalytic converters. If your catalytic converter is stolen and recovered, law enforcement will be able to trace the converter based on the markings. When you call to make an appointment, make sure to mention the “Etch and Catch” program. Also note that the business has the right to refuse service.

We would like to thank RS Automotive for partnering with us on this crime prevention tool.  Without their help, this program would not be possible. As a community, we need to work together to prevent crime, and this shop has gone above and beyond in its efforts.  We hope that others automotive businesses in the vicinity of Takoma Park join us.  We would also like to thank Lowe’s for donating the tools to assist us in this program.

We are asking for our community’s help to prevent catalytic converter theft and to assist with apprehending suspects. If you hear strange noises during the night, such as power tools or sawing, if you see a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road alongside a parked vehicle, if you see or hear ANYTHING out of the ordinary, please call (301) 270-1100.

Featured photo courtesy of Google Maps 

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