PLEASANTON -- They are at it again.

Police report a new rash of catalytic converters stolen from Toyota Sequoias that occurred Monday night.

A letter from the Pleasanton Police Crime Prevention Unit to neighborhood block captains said the thefts were committed in the middle of the night and that a possible suspect was described as a tall, black male in a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Honda or a BMW.

Toyota trucks have been a popular target for catalytic converter thefts due to their high ground clearance and accessibility of the catalytic converter.

Catalytic converters are used to turn harmful vehicle engine pollution into less harmful pollutants. They are valuable to thieves because of the precious metals, including platinum, used to make the device. Catalytic converters can be sold online for anywhere between $50 and $400.

Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker said catalytic converter thefts come in streaks in the Pleasanton area, and that the department will see the city get hit for a little while with thefts and then things die down before starting up again.

Anyone with information about these thefts may call the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931- 5100.

Contact Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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