Thefts of car parts shift to Daly City

A wave of catalytic converter thefts has struck Daly City recently, police say, with six of the emissions devices stolen from vehicles on Monday and Tuesday nights.

San Bruno experienced a similar wave of thefts two weeks ago, with three vehicles stripped of their converters. The San Bruno thefts, police there say, could be related. Daly City police are also considering the incidents in their city as interrelated and are investigating accordingly.

“We’re looking for patterns as to location and time of day,” Capt. Mike Edwards, of the Daly City Police Department, said.

Edwards said the Daly City incidents may be connected to those in San Bruno and that the detectives will share information with the San Bruno Police Department.

Catalytic converters are used to convert toxic pollutants into less harmful emissions before they leave the car’s exhaust system. Catalytic converters are a target for thieves interested in the precious metals found inside, such as platinum, palladium and rhodium.

Catalytic converters must be cut off before they are stolen, police said. Thieves often seek out trucks that sit higher off the ground in order to get easier access to the device.

In Daly City, all six vandalized vehicles were trucks and SUVs. In one case, the thieves cut the converter off using a hacksaw, police said.

Four of the Daly City thefts occurred within one mile of each other in the Serramonte area between Gellert and Callan boulevards. The other two thefts took place on the 200 block of Campana Avenue.

svasilyuk@examiner.com 

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