Thieves are targeting catalytic converters on the Peninsula and three thefts were reported in Palo Alto Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, according to police.
All of the incidents were overnight thefts and all involved Toyotas, police said. Two of the thefts were reported on Friday, June 8. The first was in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue near Forest Avenue in Crescent Park. A 1997 Toyota 4-Runner SUV was targeted between June 1 at 4 p.m. and June 8 at 11 a.m., police Agent Jean Bready said.
The second incident involved a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner and occurred in the 600 block of College Avenue near Yale Street in College Terrace between May 29 and June 7.
A third theft took place Saturday, June 9 between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of High Street, north of Embarcadero Road. The vehicle was a 1996 Toyota pickup, Bready said.
The thieves are mainly targeting older-model Toyota trucks, Sgt. Brian Philip said Monday evening. Those models are easily unbolted and are higher off the ground. He noted the thefts occur from vehicles parked on the street, not in driveways.
"We have had quite a few in the last couple of weeks," Philip said. Other incidents occurred in College Terrace, at Stanford Shopping Center and in the 900 block of Ramona Street between Channing and Homer avenues, he said.
Catalytic converters contain precious metals -- platinum, palladium and rhodium.