San Luis Obispo police are asking for the public’s help in identifying potential suspects responsible for a string of catalytic converter thefts that have plagued the city since early May.
Authorities received three additional reports related to catalytic converter thefts during the past week, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
There were at least 23 reported stolen between May 7 and June 4, police said, and the crimes appeared to have stopped until the past week.
Officials said most of the thefts have occurred between midnight and 6 a.m., and primarily are from Honda Accord and Toyota Prius models.
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Police are asking residents in the area of the reported thefts to supply any surveillance footage the may have to help catch the suspect.
A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that converts toxic gases and pollutants into less harmful byproducts. The device is located in a vehicle’s undercarriage and can easily be unbolted or cut off with a saw or acetylene torch.
Those with information are encouraged to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 805-781-7312 or Crime Stoppers at 805-549-STOP.
Tribune reporter Kaytlyn Leslie contributed to this story.