Boulder’s newest crime: catalytic converter theft
Boulder police release photo of possible suspect in catalytic converter thefts
Boulder police are investigating a string of catalytic converter thefts that have taken place over the past few weeks and are releasing a photo of a potential suspect.
So far, the department has received reports of 16 thefts since Jan. 4. The thefts are occurring during the overnight hours in the area bordered by Colorado Avenue to the north, Table Mesa to the south, Broadway to the west and Manhattan Drive to the east.
The thief or thieves have been targeting SUVs and pick-up trucks, such as Toyota Tacomas, 4-Runners and Nissan Pathfinders, as well as one Honda Element. The suspect or suspects use saws to remove the catalytic converters, and can do so in many cases in less than one minute. The catalytic converters can be sold to scrap metal dealers, who extract precious metals (like platinum) from them.
The suspect in the attached photos is possibly involved in the case. He is seen in a Glendale King Soopers using a credit card that was stolen from one of the vehicles associated with the catalytic converter thefts.
The case number is 12-278.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has information about any of the catalytic converter cases is asked to contact Detective Kipp Euler at 303-441-3393. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.