Police Investigating Catalytic Converter Theft, Attempted Burglary in Takoma Park

Takoma Park Police are investigating a catalytic converter theft, gas station theft from auto, attempted residential burglary, and theft from auto, according to emailed community advisories.

Catalytic Converter Theft: On October 31, Takoma Park Police responded to the report of a theft from an auto in the 700 block of Chaney Dr. Sometime between October 26 at 4:00 p.m. and October 28 at 10:00 a.m., unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius. Case #220047765

Police are reminding residents of the free Etch & Catch program, launched last year 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 RS Automotive at (301) 270-4418.

Gas Station Theft From Auto: On October 29, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to a theft from an auto that occurred at the Sunoco gas station in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Ave. While the victim was paying for gasoline, she returned to her vehicle to find the rear passenger side window shattered and property stolen. The suspect vehicle is described as a red Honda Accord with D.C. tags. Case #220047522

Attempted Residential Burglary: On October 29, at approximately 11:33 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 800 block of Hayward Ave. for the report of an attempted residential burglary that occurred sometime overnight. The victim awoke in the morning and noticed that an unknown suspect(s) attempted entry into the residence; the gate that leads to the backyard was ajar, the rear porch screen was sliced open and the porch door was unlocked. Entry was not made and no property appeared to be stolen. Case #220047521

Theft From Auto: On October 28, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7600 block of Hammond Ave. for the report of a theft from an auto. Sometime between October 27 at 10:30 p.m. and October 28 at 10:05 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and stole property. Case #220047348

Anyone with information about any of the above cases is asked to call Takoma Park Police at (301) 270-1100.

Additionally, Takoma Park Police will be holding a community meeting Thursday night to discuss public safety and recent shootings in the Pinecrest neighborhood. Police Department staff will be providing an overview of security measures put in place, the status of the investigations, and provide an overall overview of crime stats/trends in the Pinecrest area.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the “Hells Bottom” VFW at 6420 Orchard Ave. The meeting will also be available virtually via Zoom.

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