Catalytic converters stolen from cars in west Toledo - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Catalytic converters stolen from cars in west Toledo

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Four vehicles in a west Toledo neighborhood are missing a pretty important part of their emissions systems after thieves hit up the area Tuesday night.

The catalytic converters were cut off four vehicles in an apartment-heavy neighborhood of west Toledo. The thieves most likely took the parts to scrap.

"One of the best things you can do if you are worried about your catalytic converter being stolen is to put some sort of identifying mark on it or some high-temp paint," said TPD Sgt. Joe Heffernan. "That way, if someone steals it, you give us a call and we'll check the scrap yards."

There are also brackets you can purchase to secure your catalytic converter, but a city ordinance is also in place to help protect car owners.

"When there are flare-ups like this that happen, we will go to the scrap yards to see who is scrapping the converters and it's pretty easy for us to figure out from there who is doing it," Heffernan said.

Scrap yards are required to keep names and photos of all scrappers. They also need proof of ownership on any catalytic converter before accepting it, making it harder for criminals to get cash for their crime.

Another part of the ordinance allows police to search scrap yard facilities without a search warrant at any time, forcing workers there to comply with the city laws.

Follow Toledo News Now:  

Mobile users, click on the "video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2014 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    1 killed in Blytheville accident, another killed in shooting

    1 killed in Blytheville accident, another killed in shooting

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:00:53 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 1:27 AM EDT2017-05-30 05:27:24 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Blytheville police have confirmed two people have died Monday night at two separate scenes.

    Blytheville police have confirmed two people have died Monday night at two separate scenes.

  • breaking

    Suspect named in Kennett shooting

    Suspect named in Kennett shooting

    Monday, May 29 2017 2:51 PM EDT2017-05-29 18:51:21 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-05-30 03:38:53 GMT
    Braylon Johnson (Source: Kennett Police Department)Braylon Johnson (Source: Kennett Police Department)

    According to Detective John Higgins of the Kennett Police Department, authorities are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting Monday on South Jackson Street. 

    According to Detective John Higgins of the Kennett Police Department, authorities are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting Monday on South Jackson Street. 

  • Motorcyclists bring awareness to veterans cemetery

    Motorcyclists bring awareness to veterans cemetery

    Monday, May 29 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-05-30 02:35:39 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-05-30 03:06:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The second annual Memorial Day Honor Ride was hosted Monday.

    The second annual Memorial Day Honor Ride was hosted Monday.

Powered by Frankly