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Police Alert Edgewater And Andersonville Residents To String Of Catalytic Converter Thefts

The Chicago Police have issued a warning to residents in the 20th District (Lincoln) about an uptick in catalytic converter thefts. The incidents included areas of both Edgewater and Andersonville.

The recent series of thefts occurred in late February through early March, 2019. In each of the incidents the catalytic converters were cut from the bottom of parked cars.

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 ask residents to report any suspicious cars or activity. They also recommend that owners place security systems on their vehicles. Anyone with information on the thefts should call Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.

Incidents were reported at the following locations:

  • Between 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m. Feb. 21 in the 5300 block of North Winthrop Ave.
  • Between 9 p.m. Feb. 22 and 8:40 a.m. Feb. 23 in the 2700 block of West Berwyn Ave.
  • Between 11 p.m. Feb. 22 and noon. Feb. 23 in the 5300 block of North Washtenaw Ave.
  • Between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Feb. 23 in the 2600 block of West Winnemac Ave.
  • At 11:45 a.m. Feb. 23 in the 5300 block of North Washtenaw Ave.
  • Between 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and noon Feb. 24 in the 5400 block of North Washtenaw Ave.
  • Between 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 6:40 a.m. Feb. 26 in the 5000 block of North Winchester Ave.
  • Between 2:15 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m. March 1 in the 1600 block of West Ainslie St.
  • Between 5 p.m. March 7 and 10 p.m. March 10 in the 4900 block of North Marine Dr.

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