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Catalytic Converter Thieves Are Working Edgewater With Particular Vehicles In Mind

Chicago Police have issued a new warning concerning catalytic convertor thieves for the residents of both Edgewater (20th District) and Rogers Park (24th District). According to the release, the suspects have been targeting specific vehicles.

These incidents have become all too common in Chicago with random cars targeted by area thieves. Catalytic converters are used in vehicles to filter harmful exhaust system emissions by turning pollutants into harmless gasses. Thieves target them because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, that are valuable to metal dealers.

Police said in the latest alert that criminals are now honing their eyes on both the Toyota Prius and pickup trucks. Because the Prius has cleaner emissions, the valuable metals inside their catalytic convertors have had much less exposure to toxic gases produced by its engine. Pickup trucks are also easy prey because the have more clearance underneath and room for a thief to crawl under and easily saw off its parts.

Authorities say that four male suspects are wanted in the most recent wave of  Northside incidents. The crew works as a team as one man saws off the parts another has a vehicle close by for a quick getaway. In one instance the suspects were witnessed stealing a catalytic convertor and then fleeing the scene in a sedan and a Jeep.

Six incidents were reported in both districts between April 6 – 30:

• 5200 block of N. Kenmore on April 6-8, 2021 between 12:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• 7500 block of N. Kenmore on April 9, 2021 at 11:30 p.m.
• 7400 block of N. Washtenaw on April 7-9, 2021 between 4:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• 1600 block of W. Wallen on April 12-17, 2021 between 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
• 1100 block of W. Balmoral on April 28, 2021 at approximately 5:30 a.m.
• 7500 block of N. Western on April 30, 2021 at approximately 6:00 a.m.

The alert recommends that residents always be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity immediately.  If you are confronted by and assailant, remain calm and try to remember any unique physical characteristics (i.e., scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc.). Never pursue a fleeing assailant, dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on scene when possible.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Three (312) 744-8263.

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