The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office recently announced via their Facebook page that they are partnering up with local auto service businesses to offer FREE etching, with paid service, for vehicle owners' catalytic converters. The etching is being offered as a way to hopefully catch thieves as there has been a sharp uptick in catalytic converter thefts in recent months both locally and statewide.

The announcement stated that:

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Auto Repair shops all over Goodhue County to offer Free Catalytic Convertor Etching with any paid service. Bird’s Auto in Pine Island is the first business to commit to this program! Bird's Auto in Pine Island is currently offering this service.

Auto service businesses that are interested in partnering with the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, can contact the Sheriff's Office at (651) 385-3155.

How does the FREE etching work? Well, it's free with any paid service from the auto service business. So oil change, brakes, tires, things like that. Then the etching, which generally is your license plate number, would be put onto your catalytic converter. This etching is done so it's easier to find and identify victims of this type of theft. It's also useful to law enforcement as a way to catch thieves with stolen property.

So far the businesses participating in the etching services in Goodhue County are:

Bird's Auto in Pine Island
J & R Performance in Red Wing
Beck's Towing and Repair in Pine Island

Other businesses are being added regularly for this service, it's recommended that you check the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office Facebook page for any additions to businesses participating in the program.

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