Catalytic converter thieves strike at apartment complexes

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 7, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into several recent reports of catalytic converter thefts at local apartment complexes.

According to a police report, three vehicles had their catalytic converters stolen over a two-day period.

The first incident occurred sometime between 4 p.m. June 15 and 2 p.m. June 16. Police said the part was taken from a 2003 Honda.

Another incident occurred sometime between 9 p.m. June 18 and 2 p.m. June 19 at an apartment complex in the 25000 block of Shiawassee Road. Police said that a 2012 Ford Escape’s catalytic converter was stolen sometime during that period.

Around 11:36 a.m. June 18, it was reported that the catalytic converter was stolen from a 2000 Honda sometime overnight at an apartment complex in the 25000 block of Grodan Drive.

Police said there are no suspects for any of the incidents.

However, police said that in most catalytic converter thefts, the suspect or suspects will park their vehicle, which is usually a minivan or a full-size van with a side door, next to the vehicle they are planning to target.

“The suspect will exit out the side door, roll under the attacked vehicle so as not to be seen, cut the catalytic converter off and immediately re-enter their vehicle and flee the scene,” police said in the report.

Residents that observe anyone under a vehicle and can hear a loud noise, like a tool being used, should immediately call the police and give the dispatcher as much information about the suspect or suspects as possible, along with a description of the vehicle, police said.