Catalytic Converter Thefts
12/07/2014 In recent correspondence with Deputy Detective Shawn Hatfield at District III a series of thefts of vehicle catalytic converters have occurred in the surrounding communities of Sun City, Surprise, Peoria and others. This is an old crime that is rearing it's ugly head again. There are precious metals inside catalytic converters that junk yards will pay for, no matter where they get them. It takes less than a minute to remove one and several hundreds of dollars to replace one. So far there have been no reports of these thefts from inside Sun City West, but eventually crime seems to find it's way into our community. Be vigilant and aware of something that doesn't look right. If you know your neighbor isn't a mechanic then you might want to confirm with your neighbor why someone is underneath their car. If you can't resolve that suspicion with your neighbor then report your suspicions, along with any descriptions, to MCSO at (602) 876-1602. You may contact your SCW Posse at 623-584-5808 also. Only going to the store for a gallon of milk? Thieves know almost every home has Christmas gifts waiting for family to come for a visit. Lock your doors, and windows when leaving. CLOSE YOUR GARAGE DOOR! That big gaping hole is an open invitation to burglars. You are the first line of defense against crime in Sun City West, but do NOT confront a stranger! Let trained law enforcement deal with them. Be a good witness and a good neighbor.