AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst police are warning residents of an increase in theft of Toyota Prius’ catalytic converters through the town.
According to the department, they have been receiving calls from Amherst residents reporting that their catalytic converters were cut off and stolen from their vehicles. The vehicles reported were specifically Toyota Prius.
Police say this car part can be expensive and stealing it is a crime of opportunity. They told 22News that the theft is happening overnight in areas without much surveillance.
“Overall, they should be aware of where they are parking their cars so that they’re in well lit areas. Maybe if they have the ability to secure them in garages, especially these Prius’,” said Amherst Police Lieutenant Bill Menard.
Police says the suspects are seeking the vehicles out randomly, not in any specific area of town.
If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, Amherst Police urges you to call the police department.