University Police are investigating reports of multiple thefts of catalytic converters from Toyota and Nissan pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles on Aug. 4 in the overflow parking lot adjacent to Kellogg Drive and Valley Boulevard. Similar thefts have been reported in Lot C and the parking structure.
The suspect or suspects crawled underneath high clearance vehicles and sawed through the muffler pipe to remove the catalytic converter. These parts are targeted for the platinum and rhodium they contain. Owners usually become aware of the theft once they start their vehicle and hear a loud rumbling noise. Repair bills can top $1,000.
University Police encourage the campus community to report any suspicious person or persons loitering in parking lots or around automobiles. Also, car owners can have their automotive dealer etch the vehicle identification number (VIN) onto the catalytic converter. A non-removable marking will ensure that all catalytic converters are identifiable and traceable.
For more information about these crimes, contact University Police at (909) 869-3070.