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Police investigating series of catalytic converter thefts

Car owners returned to vehicles to find part sawn off

A spate of at least four catalytic converter thefts occurred in northwest Pleasanton last week, with owners left scratching their heads over the sawn-off parts.

The emissions control device was sawed off from a woman's car between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 21 while she was parked outside the Stoneridge Shopping Center. The part was estimated to cost $2,000.

Another resident also noticed something was wrong with his car after it was making a loud noise when he tried to start it on April 21. He looked under his car and saw the catalytic converter had been sawn off. The theft occurred sometime between April 19 at 5:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2:15 p.m. while it was parked at Workday's offices on Stoneridge Mall Road, police stated.

The part in that case was also valued at $2,000, according to police records.

A third theft happened between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on April 21 in Workday's parking lot, and the owner of that pickup valued the catalytic converter at $3,400, police stated.

A fourth catalytic converter was sawn off from an SUV between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Oracle's offices on Owens Drive. The stolen part was worth $2,000, police said.

No arrests had been made in the cases as of Monday.

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