- Thursday April 26th, 2012 :: 08:11 p.m. PDT
CRIME ALERT - Catalytic Converter Thefts
There have been five catalytic converter thefts during the past week. Catalytic converters are made of precious metals – typically platinum, palladium, and rhodium. These thefts are most common with Toyota trucks and SUVs because the catalytic converter is typically bolted on, and the bolts are easy to reach and remove. If you own one of these types of vehicles, consider having the bolts welded down and parking your vehicle in a garage if possible.
Recent locations and types of vehicles targeted:
1) Occurred on 4/19/2012 between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
8000 Block of Coast Hwy - Shopping center parking lot
1991 Toyota 4-runner
2) Occurred between 4/22/2012 at 4:00 p.m. and 4/24/2012 at 6:30 p.m.
100 Block of Via Lido Soud
1994 Toyota 4-Runner
3) Occurred between 4/23/2012 at 5:30 p.m. and 4/24/2012 at 6:00 a.m.
4500 Block of Dorchester Rd
1999 Toyota SR-5 Truck
4) Occurred between 4/23/2012 at 7:00 p.m. and 4/24/2012 at 11:00 a.m.
400 Block of Goldenrod Ave
1990 Toyota SR-5 Truck
5) Occurred 4/24/2012 between 3:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
200 Block of Apolena Ave
1994 Toyota SR-5 Truck
Suspect Information: On April 24th, between 3:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. two Male suspects, in a white or silver Ford SUV, possibly an Explorer or Expedition were seen parked with their hood up, near the victim’s car, on Apolena Ave.
If you see suspicious activity, vehicles, or people call the Newport Beach Police Department immediately at 644-3717.
Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660