Richmond catalytic converter marking event draws dozens trying to deter rise in thefts

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dozens of Central Virginia residents got their catalytic converters marked with spray paint to make thieves think twice before trying to steal them.

Midas is partnering with Napa Auto Parts and law enforcement agencies across the region to  help deter a rise in thefts for these coveted car parts.

On Sunday, workers at the Midas on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard used heat-resistant spray paint to mark people’s catalytic converters. Workers also etched Vehicle Identification numbers (VINs) on them.

The markings will alert buyers that the car part was most likely stolen. The VIN number will trace back to the car owner and the paint’s color represents which jurisdiction it was stolen from. Richmond residents had theirs marked with bright orange.

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