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MEDIA ADVISORY: Montgomery County Police Launch Etch & Catch Program

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 20, 2023

Media Advisory

Who: Montgomery County Department of Police

What: Operation Etch and Catch – Catalytic Converter Etching Event Launch


When: Sunday, March 26, 2023

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Where: Fitzgerald Auto Mall (Subaru/Hyundai) - 11411 Rockville Pike
             North Bethesda 20852




Catalytic converter theft has become a serious issue in our region. To help combat this theft trend, the Montgomery County Department of Police is partnering with local dealerships and mechanics to provide FREE catalytic converter etching and painting to Montgomery County residents.

A chemically etched identification number will be retained in a database in case of theft. The bright painting and window cling decal will be a deterrent to would-be thieves and a notification to those considering purchasing these stolen converters that they are now traceable.


Media, please contact the Public Information Division to confirm attendance.

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Release ID: 23-159
Media Contact: S.D. Goff 
Categories: media-advisory