Police: String of catalytic converter thefts reported on South, Near West sides

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Police are warning residents about a series of catalytic converter thefts that began earlier this month on the South and Near West sides.

In each incident, the burglars forcibly removed a catalytic converter from a vehicle, according to an alert from Chicago Police.

The burglaries happened:

  • between 6:20 a.m. and 7:10 p.m. May 18 in the 1300 block of West 21st Street;
  • at 12:54 p.m. May 18 in the 1100 block of West 19th Place;
  • about 3 p.m. May 18 in the 900 block of West Monroe;
  • between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 18 in the 1900 block of South Racine; and
  • between 8:30 a.m. and noon May 21 in the 200 block of South Laflin.

Two suspects were described as black men, thought to be between 25 and 45 years of age, standing between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-1 and weighing between 170 and 210 pounds.

Anyone with information about the burglaries should call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382.

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