Media Relaese 4-2014 | University of Missouri Police Department

MEDIA RELEASE -- Feb. 28, 2014

Contact: Captain B. Weimer
Office (573) 882-5923
Cellular (573) 999-1979

CRIME AWARENESS:

The University of Missouri Police Department along with the Columbia Police department has received numerous reports of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles. These thefts are reported as happening during daytime hours in various parking lots around the University and City of Columbia. To steal a catalytic converter, the suspects(s) typically get underneath the vehicle and use a cutting tool. Most of the vehicles the thefts occur from are older vehicles typically from the 1990’s or early 2000’s.

Anyone seen loitering in a parking lot, wandering in a parking lot, or weaving between vehicles and looking in or at multiple vehicles could indicate suspicious activity. If someone is seen in a parking lot with tools (particularly cutting tools) and/or if someone is seen getting under a vehicle in a parking lot, the police should be called to investigate the incident.

“Remember, people who may appear to be working on their vehicle in a parking lot may be committing a crime,” said Captain Weimer.  “Feel free to contact the police to have it investigated. Working together we can catch these individuals and reduce crime.”

MUPD can be reached at 573-882-7201. If a crime is in progress feel free to call 9-1-1.

Additional information is not available due to the ongoing investigation and nature of the offense.

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Anyone with any information is requested to call CRIME STOPPERS at (573) 875-8477 or you can submit tips at 875tips.com. You do not have to give your name and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500 if your information leads to an arrest.