Sheriff’s officials released a photo Thursday of an SUV they believe is connected to the theft of a catalytic converter from a bus at a La Mirada Transit location.
Two men used the white 2019 or 2020 Jeep Cherokee as a getaway car in the operation, which happened around 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 8 at 15677 Phoebe Ave. in La Mirada, according to Detective Bruce Goldowski of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Officials said it’s part of a broader trend sweeping Los Angeles County.
“The majority of #LASD stations have seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts,” a spokesperson said on Twitter. “Cat-converters contain precious metals.”
These rare Earth materials — such as rhodium, palladium and platinum — mean the automotive part can fetch a pretty penny.
“They have a street value of $200-$1k when sold to metal recyclers,” the spokesperson said.
An employee at the transit location was able to gather some information about the thieves in that case, but police are still looking for more tips from the public.
The suspect vehicle has tinted windows, with plate number that reportedly starts with”157.”
Anyone with additional information was urged to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station at 562-902-2979 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).