STOCKTON, CA - Toyota of Stockton is offering to engrave license plate information on the catalytic converters of Toyotas to help reduce theft of that car part.
Since June, police said about 300 catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles because the metal in them is considered valuable.
"The hope is one of these catalytic converters shows up at a recycler, we can run that plate and see if it comes back as a reported theft," said Officer Pete Smith with the Stockton Police Department.
Smith said local recyclers are doing a good job of following the rules that discourage them from buying what appear to be stolen car parts. It's believed the catalytic converters that are stolen are shipped far from the valley where recyclers aren't so concerned with the law.