The Bellaire and West U Police Departments are investigating numerous incidents involving catalytic converters being cut off of resident’s vehicles.
Bellaire police received a report on Jan. 7 involving a stolen catalytic converter from a vehicle that was parked on the street in the 5200 block of Braeburn Drive.
A catalytic converter was also reported stolen from a vehicle in the 500 block of Third St. on Dec. 30.
West U Police received six reports throughout the month of December involving stolen catalytic converters, four of which were reported on Dec. 31. Two additional reports were received on Jan. 7 and Jan. 12.
The catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles that were parked on the street in the 2700 block of Robinhood, the 2900 block of Rice, the 5800 block of Annapolis, the 2600 block of Robinhood, the 6000 block of Wakeforest and the 3700 block of Plumb.
Police received a report on Jan. 7 that a catalytic converter had been stolen from a vehicle in the 4000 block of Milton.
Another catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle in the 4100 block of Emory on Jan. 12.
All of the catalytic converters were stolen from 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runners, Lt. Charlie Deily said.
Catalytic converters are used to reduce vehicle emissions, and are mounted on the underside of all gasoline-fueled vehicles. They are located on the exhaust system between the engine and the muffler. Thieves are stealing the converters because they contain expensive metal parts that can be sold.
Police are encouraging homeowners to park their vehicles in the garage and don’t recommend parking in the street.