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Police: 24 Catalytic Converters Stolen From Toyota

Koons Toyota in Vienna reports 24 stolen converters from pick-up trucks

Fairfax County Police are investigating a report of 24 stolen catalytic converters from Koons Tysons Toyota's storage lot, police said. 

The value of the 24 converters, taken from 2012 Toyota Tundra pick-up trucks, is estimated at more than $26,000. The investigation is ongoing.

Police responded around 8:30 a.m. to a report of the larcenies that likely occurred between 4 p.m. Monday and 6:50 a.m. Tuesday on a storage lot on Westwood Center Drive. The Koons dealership is located at 8610 Leesburg Pike in Vienna.

"It is not uncommon for catalytic converters to be stolen, but this number of stolen converters at one time is unusual," said Lucy Caldwell, spokesperson for FCPD. "We wanted to go ahead and put this one out there in case anyone was in that area around that time so they could give us a call to help us out."

A catalytic converter converts pollutant gases into less harmful ones, and contains valuable metals that put their value at more than $1,000 apiece. 

Caldwell said a motive for this particular case remains unknown.

Residents who have information can report to Crime Solvers by calling 866-411-8744, emailing at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or texting "TIP187" plus the message at CRIMES/274637. Citizens can call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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Seth Patterson September 19, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Wow! someone needs to invent a lock for the catalytic converter, something that will take the theif more time and effort than it is worth to remove the converters. I heard they can steal one in 15 seconds.
Wien September 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Also been a problem at some Metro stations, especially is leaving vehicles overnight. Those valuable metals in also go through periods of shortages which makes getting replacements very hard. Had my truck sitting at a dealership for almost 4 months a couple years ago due to an international shortage in parts; the main supplier for most manufacturers had just gone under. Long story short, if parking long term somewhere, especially Metro or outer lots at airports, try to park near the pay booths, entrance/exit, light, etc, anything to make it a little less of an easy target.

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