Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar and Lodi Police Department Chief Sierra Brucia visited local recyclers to discuss catalytic converter theft prevention and awareness.
Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise across the nation and have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses to businesses and citizens.
"It is the goal of the District Attorney's Office and our local law enforcement partners to hold those who commit catalytic converter thefts and illegal resell or recycling practices accountable for their actions," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "In order to reduce the demand for the precious metals found in catalytic converters, we are visiting local recyclers to remind them of the Business and Professions codes, San Joaquin County Ordinances, as well as the law surrounding catalytic converter recycling."
"We want to extend our gratitude to local law enforcement agencies, including Lodi Police Department, for being willing to strengthen relationships with core recyclers. This is where our combined efforts will pay off for successful enforcement, prosecution, and the overall betterment of our community," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar.
"In collaboration with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office, the Lodi Police Department is committed to establishing relationships with local recyclers to combat the illegal recycling of stolen catalytic converters," said Lodi Police Chief Sierra Brucia. "In addition to our catalytic converter etching events, this is another avenue that aims to curb theft and discourage the market for illegal recycling in San Joaquin County. As long as there are businesses willing to pay for stolen catalytic converters, the propensity for theft will remain significant. This partnership simply reminds local recycling centers of their legal responsibilities to their communities, while providing a framework for accountability."
In addition to the core recyclers in Lodi, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office will be visiting all recyclers in the county over the coming weeks with law enforcement. To view the penal codes, Business and Profession codes, and the San Joaquin County Ordinances regarding catalytic converter recycling, see the download links below.