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Police partner with Sierra College for free catalytic converter etching

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Catalytic converter etching

When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3

Where: Sierra College Auto Shop, 5000 Rocklin Road

Cost: Free

Appointments: Rocklin Police Department catalytic converter hotline, 625-5418

Catalytic converters, copper and other metals are a hot commodity for thieves because of their value, ease to steal and lack of identifying markings. The lack of identification makes it difficult for police to locate victims and apprehend criminals.

Although catalytic converters are commonly stolen from Toyota trucks and SUVs, the crime is not exclusive to Toyota vehicles. Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2012, there were 62 reported cases of stolen catalytic converters in Rocklin. These thefts result in a major inconvenience for the victims and thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.

Rocklin police are partnering with the Sierra College Auto Club and local businesses to host a free catalytic converter etching event Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Sierra College Auto Shop. Participants’ vehicles license plate number will be etched on the converter, the etching painted for easy recognition and each vehicle will receive a small window decal indicating, “This vehicle’s catalytic converter has been etched by Rocklin PD.” This can deter criminals and provide police with investigative tools to identify victims and arrest thieves.

The goal is to etch catalytic converters of 400 vehicles. The event is free and open to anyone in the Placer and Sacramento region.

There will be a drawing at the event to raise money for the Sierra College Auto Club, a nonprofit. Local business have donated multiple drawing prizes, and participants need not be present to win.

The event is sponsored by Superfast Signs, Big Daddy’s Pizza Co., Starbucks, Five Star Auto Care, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Les Schwab Tires, JD’s Bakery, Beach Hut Deli, Rocklin WAVE Broadband, Chick Fil-A, Minuteman Press, John L. Sullivan Chevrolet, Roseville Toyota-Scion, Farmers Insurance (David Larson) of Roseville and Folsom Lowe’s.