Catalytic Converter Thieves Targeting LIncoln Park, Cops Say

Luxury Lexus vehicles are being targeted by catalytic converter thieves in Lincoln Park, police said in a community alert.

At least four cases have been reported during late night, and overnight hours this month, police said.

The vehicles’ catalytic converters are sawed off and resold for valuable scrap materials. Thieves typically target SUV models because the cars’ high clearance makes it easier to remove the converter from underneath the vehicle.

Cases were reported in the 2100 block of North Fremont and the 1800 block of North Bissell between August 7th and August 8th; the 2100 block of North Lakewood August 18th and August 19th; and the 2200 block of North Lakewood Ave on August 19

Anyone with information about the thieves is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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