Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Feb. 26
Toyotas targeted in Poway
Pickup owners victimized in a string of thefts
Sheriff’s deputies and Crime Stoppers are warning Poway residents about a string of recent catalytic converter thefts and looking for tips that might help identify the culprits.
Since July 13, authorities say, thieves have been targeting vehicles parked overnight on residential streets including Conley Street, Arikara Drive, Frame Road, Robinson Boulevard, and Sam O Reno Road. Specifically at risk are Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickups. Catalytic converters can cost as much as $1,000 to replace, though officials believe that rather than re-selling the stolen items as parts, criminals are dismantling them and selling the metal for scrap.
Anyone with information can call the Poway Sheriff’s Station at (858) 513-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. As usual, a $1,000 reward is offered for tips leading to conviction.
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