The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance regarding recent thefts of catalytic converters. A catalytic converter is part of a vehicle’s emission control system. It is located underneath the vehicle, near the muffler. The thefts have occurred in both residential and business areas, during the late night to early morning hours. Thieves have primarily targeted trucks and sport utility vehicles. Investigators believe that thieves steal these items in order to sell them to recycling centers.
There were several thefts of catalytic converters in the first half of the year. The thefts stopped in the fall, but since the beginning of November, several additional thefts have been reported in the Thousand Oaks area. The Thousand Oaks Police Department is concerned the trend may start up again. Therefore, we are requesting the public’s assistance in solving these crimes.
In order to steal a catalytic converter, thieves must climb underneath the victim’s car and utilize tools to remove it. Experienced thieves can complete the theft in just a few minutes. Investigators have found that these thieves often work in pairs, having one act as the look out.
The best way to prevent this type of theft is to park your vehicle in the garage. When visiting shopping centers, park your car in a well-lit area. Also, try to park near building entrances or near heavily traveled areas.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Shoden at (805) 494-8225. We also request that you keep a watchful eye on your neighborhood and report any suspicious activity by calling (805) 654-9511, or in an emergency, call 911.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for these crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).