Do You Know These Men? Waco, Texas Police Need Your Help
After a string of catalytic converter thefts earlier this year all over the state, police in Waco, Texas are asking for help to identify two suspects caught on video stealing the valuable car part.
About a year ago, Temple police reported 26 cases of catalytic converter theft in less than three months, and thieves are still hard at work. AAA Texas reveals that claims for stolen catalytic converters have jumped 5,300% in the last 3 years.
Waco, Texas Catalytic Converter Thefts
In the footage, you can see two men exit a late model sedan, take some boxes out of the rear passenger area, then put on masks to cover their faces. Waco Police are asking anyone with information about the suspects in the video to call Detective James (254) 750-3674 and refer to case 22-15074.
Most Targeted Vehicles for Catalytic Converter Theft
According to Carfax, location matters. Nationwide, the top vehicle is Toyota Prius. Priuses are a prime target because they have two catalytic converters.
Specifically in the State of Texas, Toyota Tundras are a top target because they have four large catalytic converters that get higher prices than ones from most other vehicles, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft
AAA Texas recommends the following tips to keep yourself from becoming a victim:
- When possible, park your vehicle in spots that are well-lit and close to building entrances.
- Have your converter welded into your car's frame.
- Consider engraving your VIN, or vehicle identification number, on the catalytic converter itself. This may discourage potential thieves, and if it does get taken, will alert a scrap dealer that the part was stolen, making it easier to find.