- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - Police in Northern California are warning residents after 15 vehicle owners had their catalytic converters stolen in the past week.

The San Rosa Press Democrat reports Saturday (https://bit.ly/1TjFRAF ) the thefts occurred overnight in Petaluma’s residential neighborhoods.

Petaluma police say the thieves targeted pickups and SUVs.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office saw a rash of catalytic converter thefts in March, when about 30 pickups and SUVs were hit.

Pickups and SUVs are high off the ground and tend to attract thieves because they can easily slide underneath the vehicles to snatch the catalytic converters.

Police say thieves sell the devices to metal recyclers for up to $150 per converter but it can cost a victim about $4,000 to replace the device.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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