default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Woodbridge residents report catalytic converter thefts

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012 6:03 am | Updated: 7:14 am, Tue Oct 23, 2012.

Woodbridge residents say they are becoming increasingly alarmed about a flurry of catalytic converters being stolen from parked cars.

Four catalytic converters have been stolen so far this year in Woodbridge and 17 throughout unincorporated San Joaquin County, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Les Garcia.

The most recent incident, according to Neighborhood Watch members in Woodbridge, took place between 9 p.m. July 27 and 6 a.m. on Saturday. Someone removed a catalytic converter from a Toyota Tundra parked in the Del Rio subdivision off Woodbridge Road.

In the city of Lodi, catalytic converter theft has decreased since several thefts were reported in the summer of 2011, according to Lodi police Lt. Fernando Martinez.

In July of last year, nine thefts were reported on a single day in Lodi, mostly in a rectangular area bordered by Lodi Avenue, North Church Street, Turner Road and Lower Sacramento Road.

“It goes in cycles,” Martinez said, explaining why the city of Lodi is seeing fewer catalytic converter thefts.

Losing a catalytic converter can be expensive since they cost $600 to $1,000 to replace, Martinez said. For most part, thieves resell catalytic converters as a single unit, though they are sometimes stripped for parts, Martinez said.

Quoting Nationwide Insurance, Garcia provided some tips so that your catalytic converter isn’t stolen:

  • Park your vehicle in populated, well-lit areas. Better yet, park in a closed, locked garage.
  • Install conspicuous video surveillance cameras outside homes.
  • Etch your vehicle’s VIN number to the converter to maker it easier to identify a ring of thieves in the future.
  • Check local auto parts stores or the Internet for catalytic converter theft-deterrent systems.
  • Check the news media for epidemics of local converter thefts so that residents can take extra precautions.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


Popular Stories


Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 187


Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists