Motorists can have identification numbers etched onto the catalytic converters on their vehicles for free in Elk Grove next month.
The Elk Grove Police Department is partnering with Jiffy Lube to etch the license plate numbers onto catalytic converters at the "Etch and Catch" event. The effort takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 at Jiffy Lube, 9611 Auto Center Drive in Elk Grove.
The etched numbers may deter the taking of the air pollution control devices and can help law enforcement tie captured thieves to specific converter thefts.
Thieves caught with unetched catalytic converters often say they found the device or got it from an unnamed acquaintance, area police have said.
Thieves especially try to steal the emission control devices from Toyota Sequoias and Tundras, but also are drawn to other high-off-the-ground trucks and SUVs from other carmakers.
Thieves slide underneath and unbolt or saw off the converters and then sell them at metal recyclers.