A Dozen Catalytic Converters Stolen in Roseville

Various thefts happened around Roseville in December.

In the past few weeks, more than a dozen catalytic converters have been stolen from cars in Roseville, authorities say.

The thefts happened mostly in late December, according to the Roseville Police Department. Here are more details, from the Roseville Police Department:

  • Between 4 p.m. December 31 and 7 p.m. January 1, someone cut the catalytic converter off of a Toyota Tacoma pickup in an apartment complex at 800 Gibson Drive.
  • Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. December 20, someone stole the catalytic converters off two Toyota Sequoia SUVs in the Park-n-Ride in the 1800 block of Taylor Road.
  • Between 11:15 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. December 20, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV in the parking lot of the Galleria. On December 27 at about 6 p.m., someone attempted to remove the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV in the same general area, but was interrupted and fled before completely cutting the device off the vehicle. The suspect was a male passenger in a teal colored 1990s model Honda Civic, possibly a hatchback with a sunroof, driven by an Asian female. The male suspect fled on foot and the female drove away. Officers and security personnel checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.
  • Between 9:30 and 11 a.m. December 20, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV parked in a lot in the 2200 block of Douglas Blvd.
  • Between 9:30 p.m. December 29 and 4 a.m. December 30, someone cut off the catalytic converter from a Toyota Tundra pickup in the 1300 block of Blossom Hill Way.
  • Between 4:30 and 8 p.m. December 16, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Tundra pickup in a parking lot in the 300 block of North Sunrise Ave.
  • Between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. December 27, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Tundra pickup in the 3000 block of Lava Ridge Court. Between 2 and 5:30 p.m. the same day, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV in a theater parking lot in the 1500 block of Eureka Road.
  • Between December 23-27, someone stole the catalytic converters from two Toyota Sequoia SUVs in a car dealer's lot in the 1000 block of Melody Lane.
  • Overnight December 24/25, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Tacoma pickup in the 1000 block of Cirby Oaks Way.
  • Between December 15 and December 17, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Tundra pickup in the 6300 block of Rose Garden Lane.
  • Between November 25 and December 20, someone sawed the catalytic converter off of a Toyota 4-Runner parked in the 2200 block of Trimstone Way.
  • Overnight December 15/16, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia in the 2600 block of Pipestone Loop, and from another Toyota Sequoia on Ranchland Court.


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David Rowel January 07, 2013 at 07:04 PM
We had this done to our Sequioa back in November. Really ticks me off. Luckily our insurance covered it or it would have cost us 2 grand to replace 1 converter. We only had to pay our deductible. Even with that, Its a shame that continue to get away with this. I don't know if this is one person or multiple people doing this. What we did after replacing our converters was put on a security device which basically is having the muffler repair shop weld a 5/8" steel rod on to our exhaust well past our converter so their piple cutter will not work on it the next time, should their be a next time. It was about 120 bucks but we felt the extra cost may be worth it down the road. we were afraid we would get hit again if they got away with it once. If you have friends that have Toyota tundras, sequioas or pathfinders, they usually target those since they are relatively high off the ground and the converters are easily accessible. Good luck all ! Dave R
TheRealBigCouchPotato January 08, 2013 at 04:35 AM
I think these people should be given medals for their consideration. They are true capitalists who have an original idea. Think about it: These converters contain platinum, rhodium and palladium. Instead of attacking people for their gold chains, these entrepreneurs have eschewed violence and chosen to steal valuable metals off of vehicles. What would you rather they do to you: Steal your gold chain and possibly injure you in the process or steal your catalytic converter. You can always get another catalytic converter, but if you get injured when they steal your gold chain, that would be serious. I applaud these criminals, uh, er, I mean entrepreneurs for their initiative.
Nancy Jensen January 08, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Where did you have this device put on? I am one of the victims in this report and it is the second time this has happened to my car.
David Rowel January 08, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Nancy-West Coast Mufflers over on Auburn Ave was the shop that installed mine. Just call them and they will take it from there . They know all about these thefts and know what to do. Again, the price was just over 100 bucks but its far less than having to pay for this again should it happen again. At least that was my thinking. As far as the other comment, that is such a stupid way to look at it and to applaud their efforts and ideas?? Guess if we have an original idea to steal things from others then that would make it ok. geez.......
Nancy Jensen January 09, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Thanks David!
Kristin Bodden January 11, 2013 at 02:32 AM
I had this happen to me in August. I had just left my job to be home with my kids...was not an expense we needed. Deductible or not. These thieves are only getting a few hundred dollars for these pipes. Feel so violated knowing they were on our property and could come back. I have looked into many ways to prevent this happening again, but can always find a way it wouldnt work. Thank you David for this idea and location to get it done. I will definitely be checking it out as well.
Theresa Edwards January 11, 2013 at 07:14 AM
My converter was stolen off my 1995 Toyota P/U last year around April. I too had the rebar welded on my new to prevent future thefts. Funny part is, my P/u is so old I could not put an original convertor back on but thieves won't know that! If they stole this one they wouldn NOT find any value to it! But it would cost me my time and deductible to replace again! I do not appauld any illegal thefts! They are not Capitalists, just criminals with small minds. Sadly, once they are caought, it is the taxpayers that are stuck with the cost of the court and thier jailtime! Criminals like this never pay thier fines or the charges for thier jail stay! We do! They should have to do community service hours or real WORK for every item they steal (at minimum wage rate). Then when they do get a real job they should have thier wages garnished 50 % until all the fines, fees, restitution is re-paid.
David Rowel January 11, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Theresa I like your thoughts on this issue. I don't care how smart a criminal is, the fact is, they are a criminal and its their choice to take something not belonging to them, no matter how it is done.
David Rowel January 11, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I feel your pain Kristin. The fact that is does cost a little over a hundred beats whatever your deductible is as it looks like they are still going strong with stealing these things. I wish Toyota would come out with something that could be done as a recall for any who have not been hit yet by these fools!
Theresa Edwards January 12, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Thanks David. I wish California was a bit more hard with criminals but once you give them an inch they will take 2 miles! That's one reason we have the problems controlling crime here in CA! and we give way too much leniency to youthful adult offenders (under the age of 25). Once they get away with one crime they will continue.


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