On Friday, November 18, 2022, St. John’s University’s Department of Public Safety received three reports concerning the theft of catalytic converters from parked vehicles on the Queens, NY, campus. Public Safety officers investigated and identified the vehicle pictured below, with the Connecticut license plate #BH-32231, as being involved in the thefts. This vehicle entered the campus at 11:43 a.m. and departed at 12:28 p.m.
Video footage shows an individual walking through the parking lot by the University Center and bending down to look under a vehicle. The individual then walks away. Moments later, the vehicle pictured below pulls next to one of the complainant’s vehicles in such a manner as to block the view of anyone from observing the catalytic converter being removed.
Typically, a battery-powered, handheld saw is used to cut a catalytic converter from under a vehicle. This can be a noisy operation. If you see anyone looking under parked vehicles or hear what sounds like metal being cut, please call Public Safety at 718-990-5252 or report the activity using the LiveSafe app, which allows users to report tips to Public Safety, virtually escort friends in real-time on a map, place emergency calls, and access other safety resources. Do not approach the individual or attempt to intervene.