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Nearly a dozen additional catalytic converter thefts reported

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Thieves recently stole nearly a dozen catalytic converters early Wednesday in a crime spree that spanned numerous North Arlington neighborhoods, police say.

Word of the thefts follows Wednesday’s arrest of three people from Chicago who were allegedly seen tampering with cars near Columbia Pike and found with catalytic converters and power tools.

It’s unclear whether that crew may be linked to any of these newly-reported thefts of the valuable car component.

More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series), 2022-08310031, 2100 block of 18th Street N. Between 12:01 a.m. on August 31 and 7:05 a.m. on August 31, unknown suspects stole approximately 11 catalytic converters from 9 victim vehicles. Witnesses reported observing 3 – 4 Black males wearing bandanas near some of the incident locations. Reported incidents occurred in the Colonial Village, East Falls Church, Highland Park-Overlee Knolls, Lyon Village, Rock Spring, Westover Village neighborhoods. The investigation is ongoing.

On Thursday, meanwhile, four cars — all Hondas or Acuras — had airbags stolen in the Shirlington area. Arlington has seen dozens of airbags stolen from cars this year, as thieves target another car part that’s valuable on the resell market.

From ACPD:

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series, Late), 2022-09010077, 4200 block of 31st Street S. At approximately 8:03 a.m. on September 1, police were dispatched to the report of a late series of larceny from autos. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 9:40 p.m. on August 31 and 8:03 on September 1, the unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver’s side windows of four vehicles and stole the airbags. The victim vehicles were Honda and Acura models. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

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