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.