CHANDLER, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) — A Chandler auto shop is teaming up with the police department to prevent catalytic converter thefts. Thefts of vehicle parts have increased throughout the valley.
Brittney Spencer, co-owner of Spencer Auto Repair, can’t stop hearing from her customers how many have had theirs stolen. “It’s really heartbreaking because I know how hard people work for their money,” said Spencer, who estimates repair costs in the thousands of dollars.
Spencer began researching to see what other auto repair shops were doing to combat criminals targeting catalytic converters. She said she’s seen other stores spray paint them as a deterrent.
“Maybe the thief gets under the vehicle and sees it and says, ‘Ugh, maybe I don’t want to mess with this. It sticks out like a sore thumb…and also maybe it’s harder to recycle and resell,” Spencer said.
Now his auto shop is partnering with the Chandler Police Department to offer free converter paint jobs to Chandler residents; they make 100. For more information, click here.
“I thought that was awesome,” said Chandler Police Detective Eva Zermeno, who works in partnership with Spencer Auto Repair. She said these types of thefts are increasing, and the nearby town of Mesa has seen a 370% increase in 2021 compared to 2020. families,” Zermeno said. Spencer hopes the paint can curb crime.
“Recyclers are going to see this spray paint and say, ‘What’s going on with this spray paint? Where did you get that?” Spencer said.
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