Anderson Police seeking the public's help in catalytic car converter thefts

The Anderson Police Department’s Detective’s Unit said it is seeking the public’s help with any information regarding the following catalytic converter thefts.

A string of catalytic car converter thefts is happening in Anderson. The Anderson Police Department is asking the public’s help regarding these car part thefts.

Posted: Apr 22, 2021 8:49 AM
Updated: Apr 22, 2021 9:15 AM

ANDERSON, Calif. - A string of catalytic car converter thefts are happening in Anderson. The Anderson Police Department is asking the public’s help regarding these car part thefts.

“Last year, we took a couple of reports of the catalytic converters, and this year we've taken about six I believe of catalytic converter thefts,” said Detect Steve Grashoff with the Anderson Police Department. “What we're trying to encourage the public is to make that report to the local law enforcement agency.”

Anderson Automotive, which is not too far from the police department, says that some of its customers have come in with missing catalytic converters.

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“These past couple of weeks we've had at least three or four cars had their cats stolen, mainly Hondas and Toyotas,” said Adam Lemar, who is the shop foreman at Anderson Automotive. “It's the materials that are inside catalytic converter themselves is what they're trying to steal, it's worth so much money at this moment in time.”

Lemar explains that replacing a catalytic converter isn’t cheap, and the process to get it replaced can be time-consuming.

“They can get quite expensive with certain vehicles,” explained Lemar. “It can range from $500 to a couple of grand depending on the vehicle itself.”

Anderson Automotive urges customers that if their catalytic car converter is stolen, to file a police report.

Anyone with information on the catalytic car converter thefts is asked to contact the Anderson Police Department.

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