Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:22 p.m.
Update 2/22/21: SPD officers arrest a suspect for stealing a catalytic converter just hours after the theft was completed. The investigation into the other thefts involving catalytic converters is still ongoing.
Original Release 2/18/21:
The Spokane Police Department would like the community to be aware of an increase of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in the city.
Spokane is experiencing a growth in catalytic converter thefts from vehicles. Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium that are valuable to metal dealers. Thieves typically use a saw or wrench to remove it, depending on whether the catalytic converter is bolted or welded in.
The recent spike in these thefts is due to rapidly rising prices of the precious metals contained in the converters.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOUR CAR'S CATALYTIC CONVERTER?
Consider these tips to help protect your car from catalytic converter theft:
If you, a private vehicle owner, fleet manager or car dealership, have become a victim of catalytic converter theft please report the incident to Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. We would also like anyone that is contacted by persons buying (not from an auto parts store) or selling catalytic converters to call Crime Check to report that as well.
Officer John O'Brien