Rash of Vehicle Vandalism & Thefts of Catalytic Converters Plague the Area

Over the past year, law enforcement agencies in the region, including the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, have noticed an uptick in incidents involving catalytic converters being cut and removed from the undercarriage of vehicles, commonly by the use of a battery-powered reciprocating saw or “sawzall”. Various vehicles, including commercial and passenger vehicles, have been targeted for their catalytic converters which are often sold or scrapped because they contain high-value platinum. Thefts such as these have been occurring both during the overnight to early morning hours, and most recently during the daylight hours in the commercial and residential parking lots, such as apartment complexes and condominiums.

The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police are asking for the public’s assistance by calling 9-1-1 and reporting any suspicious activity that may appear to be an individual or individuals damaging or removing parts from parked vehicles. We remain dedicated to protecting the vehicles and property of our community members as we always have and hope to stop these vandals and thieves before they victimize you, your family member, friend, or neighbor.