Police chief speaks too soon on catalytic converter thefts

Posted: January 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Alexander Wolf looks under his 1987 Toyota 4-Runner outside his downtown Santa Fe home on Jan. 7. Wolf, like many others across the country, had his catalytic converter stolen for the precious metals in it. (File photo by Luis Sanchez Saturno/The New Mexican)

This from the local news briefs section of Saturday’s New Mexican:


Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler may have spoke too soon.

At a Public Safety Committee meeting Thursday, Wheeler said the department hadn’t had a single report of a catalytic converter theft in almost two weeks since media attention shed light on the fact that as many as 100 of the devices had been stolen from Toyota vehicles in the city limits since Nov. 30.

There was a burglary report filed with Santa Fe Police Department on Thursday — apparently without the chief’s knowledge — of a catalytic convertor being sawed off and swiped from a 1997 Toyota 4Runner parked in the 1500 block of Escondida Court sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Friday afternoon, police sent an e-mail out to media asking for continued reminders to the public to call police when they observe suspicious activities. As long as those responsible for the recent rash of burglaries are at large, there is still a $1,000 reward being offered through CrimeStoppers for information leading to an arrest in the case.

People with information on the thefts can call CrimeStoppers at 955-5050 or Sgt. Peter Neal at 955-5259.

Here are links to three recent articles we published on the catalytic converter thefts going on around Santa Fe:

  1. eideard says:

    No mention anywhere about the most obvious conclusion from this specialized crime wave, eh?

    These thugs have a market for their stolen goods. No doubt a single fence who is buying up everything they can steal – because he in turn can move the goods on to someone who will remove and sell the valuable alloys.

    Dare we presume our erstwhile coppers have any idea who that may be?

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