Willows Police warn of catalytic converter thefts

Oct 30, 2014 7:27 PM

Over the last 10 days the Willows Police Department has responded to seven calls of catalytic converters being stolen. The suspects are targeting 2007 to 2012 Dodge diesel pickup trucks in the area. Officials believe they are going after this model because the part is easily accessible.

Owner of Willows Auto Center, Steve Shepard, says the trucks are easier for thieves.

"The trucks are nice because they are a little higher of the ground and yeah they can slide right underneath unbolt them and they are gone."

He says either these parts might be scrapped for metal, but more than likely they are being reused.

"For a professional automotive business it is illegal to install a used catalytic converter, but a handy man or a backyard guy install a catalytic converter in his own personal car."

We spoke to a local Dodge dealer who told us this part might be targeted because of the strict smog guidelines in the state. There are no after market replacements, which usually cost a few hundred bucks. At the dealer this part runs $1,800 to $2,000.

Anyone with information or questions regarding these crimes is asked to call the Willows Police Department at 530-934-3456.


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