LAPD NEWS RELEASE
The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating five catalytic converter theft cases and one attempted catalytic converter theft that have occurred since February 2. The catalytic converters are being cut from the undercarriage of the vehicles. The suspect(s) appear to be targeting vehicles in the daytime hours and using a reciprocating saw.
LAPD also called to the “Y” (State Highway 4 & NM502) yesterday for several catalytic converters that were stolen during the daytime hours on Sunday February 12. These thefts at the “Y” were referred to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
“We would like the community to be aware of this crime trend and we ask citizens to check their vehicles regularly especially if their vehicles are not utilized every day. Also, please be aware that the “Y” parking area is being targeted for this crime,” said Deputy Chief Oliver Morris. “Catalytic converter thefts continue to be a problem. Last year our detectives arrested a suspect connected to six catalytic converter thefts. We will continue to investigate these new cases to bring the criminal(s) to justice.”
Anyone with information related to this crime trend may call L.A. Crime Stoppers at (505) 662-8282 or the LAPD non-emergency dispatch line at (505) 662-8222. LAPD will offer a $500 reward leading to the arrest of any suspect(s).