Catalytic Converter Thefts Spike in North Glendale

Glendale Police Department asks the public's help to find whoever stole several catalytic converters between Sept. 16 and Oct. 26. This photo shows what the suspect's car could be.

Glendale Police officers are asking the community to watch out for any suspicious activity following six reported catalytic converters thefts between Sept. 16 and Oct. 26.  

The reported incidents happen Fridays through Mondays, day or night, said Glendale Police Officer Matt Zakarian in a news release. Drivers who parked on the street or on driveways were victim. 

The suspect apparently targets 1990s Mitsubishi, Mazda and Toyota vans. 

"We are asking you to keep your eyes open and report any suspicious activity. In at least one incident, witnesses were able to see a possible suspect vehicle," Zakarian said. 

The suspect may use a battery operated saw to remove the catalytic converters, which are mount under the vehicle as part of the exhaust system, he said.  

"These exhaust-reducing devices are built with expensive materials that draw [SIC] thiefs," Zakarian said. 

Authorities encourage people to park vehicles in a secure location or park in lighted areas. 

Call 911 for any emergency and 818-548-4911 for non-emergencies. Contact Officer Matt Zakarian at mzakarian@ci.glendale.ca.us

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