Car break-ins, catalytic converter theft on the rise at local disc golf course – Chico Enterprise-Record | #facebookdating | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

CHICO — Members of the disc golf community in Chico have recently seen a spike in car break-ins, specifically catalytic converter theft, at the Peregrine Point Disc Golf Course in upper Bidwell Park located off of Deer Creek Highway in Chico.

The first report came Saturday, March 13, when a member of the Peregrine Point Disc Golf Course Facebook page said that he was playing at the course between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. and returned to his car to see his catalytic converter had been cut off.

A day later Dave Piper, who said he was on the course from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., said that his catalytic converter was stolen as well. Piper reported it to the Chico Police Department which forwarded him to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office saying the course is in the county’s jurisdiction.

Two separate piles of broken glass litter the parking lot of the Peregrine Point Disc Golf Course along Highway 32 in Chico on Wednesday. Since March 13 disc golfers have found an increase in car break-ins as well as catalytic convertor theft at the course’s parking lot. (Justin Couchot — Enterprise-Record)

Piper said on Facebook that to get the catalytic converter fixed it costed him $1,000.

Piper said that he has heard of similar issues in the past and that he sees broken glass occasionally in the parking lot, adding that usually people don’t break their own windows so he would assume it is probably from a car break-in.

Chico police officer Peter Durfee said that the Police Department has received zero reports of catalytic converter thefts dating back to August 2020, although he said reports reported online over the weekend may not be through the system quite yet.

Piper said when he attempted to report the theft to Chico police he was forwarded to Butte County Sheriff’s Office. However Chico police confirmed Wednesday that the course is in their jurisdiction.

Durfee did note that on March 17 officers received a report of a passenger side window being broken at the course, as well as a car bumper incident on March 20. Durfee said that a couple of years ago catalytic converter theft was on the rise, however a couple of arrests were made in response and thefts have gone down.

Still, Durfee said that officers can always increase patrol wherever a trend of thefts may be occurring.

The Police Department said that they are aware of the catalytic converter thefts and are encouraging those concerned to engrave their vehicles vehicle identification number onto their catalytic converter to help identify those stolen and found.

“If we see a trend, maybe thefts occurring then absolutely we increase patrol in the area, show a little more door (presence) up there and hopefully push the people that are trying to take property from good folks out,” Durfee said.

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