There has been a recent rash of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in the south Placer region. In the first 3 weeks of 2012, there were 29 reported thefts in Rocklin alone. Although some arrests have been made, these crimes continue to occur.
There are only 80 appointments available!
Catalytic converters, along with copper and other metals, have become a hot commodity for thieves. Catalytic converter theft has become popular because of their value, relative ease to steal, and their lack of identifying markings. The lack of identification makes it difficult to identify victims and successfully apprehend and prosecute criminals. The most common vehicles from which catalytic converters are stolen are Toyota trucks and SUVs, 4 Runners in particular, due to their higher ground clearance. However, this crime is not just specific to Toyotas.
The Rocklin Police Department is attempting to address the identification issue by partnering with local businesses to host a free catalytic converter etchingevent where vehicle license plate numbers will be etched onto catalytic converters. License plate numbers can provide police with investigative information to identify victims and prosecute criminals. The “Etch and Catch”event is free to the public and is being sponsored by local businesses and organizations including Les Schwab Tires, Lowes, Superfast Signs, Big Daddy’s Pizza Co., Starbucks Coffee, Kona Coffee, Wave Broadband, Minuteman Press, the Rocklin Police and Fire Volunteers, the Sierra College Auto Club, and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce.
The “Etch & Catch” event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Les Schwab Tires located at 5610 Pacific Street, Rocklin, CA 95677. If you would like to have your catalytic converter etched, please call the Rocklin Police Department’s “Etch and Catch” Hotline at 916-625-5418 to schedule an appointment. You will need to provide your name, contact telephone number, the make and model of your vehicle, and your city of residence (the event is open to residents of all cities). There are only 80 appointments available, so call soon to book your reservation. We may also be accepting “drive-up” participants if space and time allows. This event is subject to cancellation and rescheduling if it is raining on event day.
If you have specific questions about the event, you may contact Michael Nottoli at 916-625-5416. Otherwise, please use the 916-625-5418 hotline to register.