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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Bothell Police Fights Catalytic Converter Theft, Joining Newly Formed Task Force

Cartoon of cat wearing mask holding sign, mug-shot style. Sign says Project CatCon I.D.

 On Tuesday, March 2,  Bothell Police Department announced its partnership in the CAT CON Task Force, a newly-formed partnership aimed at fighting rising catalytic converter thefts. 

The Cat Con Task Force combines the efforts of Bothell Police, the King County Sheriff's Office, Bellevue Police, and six other area police departments with the mission of arresting more catalytic thieves and taking significant steps to prevent the crime.Chief Seuberlich at podium at CAT CON Task Force Press Conference

How Does a Task Force Help?  

As a task force, officers and detectives across multiple agencies are able to work as one team;  with more updates and sharing of evidence and case information that can lead to more arrests.

catalytic converter seen on underside of vehicle

 This teamwork is already paying off.  Listen to Officer Thorvilson explain how photo evidence from another police department with a recent arrest. 

I.D. Your Catalytic Converter

One way to help prevent your catalytic converter from being stolen is by marking it with bright, high-heat paint and engraving a VIN or partial VIN.  That's what Project CatCon ID is all about. 

Local Engraving Event

Bothell Police is very grateful to local company Brooks Biddle Automotive for partnering with us on Project Cat-Con ID.   For two days in March,  Brooks Biddle employees helped vehicle owners mark their catalytic converters with high-heat paint and VIN numbers.  It was a big undertaking, and we know many people in the community are very grateful to this longtime, local company for stepping up and volunteering to help make this happen.  No additional events are currently scheduled, but check this web page (or our social media pages on Facebook and Nextdoor) for updates.Chief Ken Seuberlich and Ian Biddle in front of Brooks Biddle Automotive sign

Learn More About Catalytic Converters, and What You Can Do 

There are many other ways to help protect your vehicle's catalytic converter, and things you should know about this auto part, and why this crime is happening so frequently.  The very best crime prevention tool is information.  Learn more by reading this  community bulletin, from Bothell Police detectives.

If you see something suspicious, call 911 right away.  For non emergencies, call our non emergency number: 425-486-1254.


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