Prius car parts are being targeted by thieves, police say

A catalytic converter gets removed from a vehicle
A SUV's catalytic converter is being removed at a salvage yard. Catalytic converters reduce pollutants by oxidizing carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Converters contain platinum or palladium which are recovered and recycled during the salvage process. This vehicle, will be crushed, shredded and melted into recycled steel.

MADISON, Wis. – Thieves in the greater Madison area are reportedly targeting different models of the Toyota Prius in an effort to recover valuable metals found in one of the vehicle’s parts, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the price of metals found inside catalytic converts has recently skyrocketed, resulting in an increase in thefts around the country. According to an incident report, thieves have been targeting Prius models from 2007 to 2009.

Law enforcement officials in the area are asking anyone who sees suspicious behavior to call 608-255-2345 or to submit a tip to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.