Police Investigating Vehicle, Catalytic Converter Thefts

Takoma Park police are investigating several thefts of vehicles and catalytic converters, according to community advisory emails received by the Source.

“On May 11, at approximately 8:16 am, Takoma Park Police responded to the 200 block of Park Avenue for the report of a stolen auto,” police spokeswoman Cathy Plevy said via email. “The victim parked the vehicle in front of their residence on May 10 at approximately 5:00 pm and noticed it missing the next morning on May 11. The outstanding stolen vehicle is described as a copper 2020 Ford Explorer, MD Tag #4EJ3054. Case #220019975.

“On May 11, at approximately 3:00 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 600 block of Kennebec Avenue for the report of a stolen auto. The victim parked their vehicle at approximately 1:00 am on May 11 and noticed it missing at 2:55 pm on May 11. The outstanding stolen vehicle is described as a beige Toyota Camry, MD Tag #1MD1413. Case #220020058.”

A catalytic converter (Case #220019296) was reported stolen in the 6600 block of Prince George’s Avenue from a 2003 Honda Odyssey sometime overnight from May 5 to May 6. Another catalytic converter (Case #220019789) was reported stolen in the 300 block of Hilltop Road from a 2008 Toyota Prius sometime overnight from May 9 to May 10.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Takoma Park police at (301) 270-1100 and reference the above case numbers.

Additionally, police are reminding residents of the free Etch & Catch program, launched last October to deter would-be thieves and track stolen catalytic converters. Motorists who would like their catalytic converters etched and painted can visit RS Automotive at 7224 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park to have their license plate number etched onto their catalytic converter. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (301) 270-4418.

Plevy said that police are also asking for the community’s help to prevent catalytic converter theft and to assist with apprehending suspects. “If you hear strange noises during the night, such as power tools or sawing, if you see a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road alongside a parked vehicle, if you see or hear ANYTHING out of the ordinary, please call (301) 270-1100.”

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