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The stolen catalytic converters are most often sold to scrap yards, often costing theft victims thousands of dollars to replace.
Since the start of the year, Evanston has had more than 160 catalytic converter thefts.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Abel Osundairo, One Of Two Brothers Who Said He Was Paid To Help Stage Attack, Says Smollett 'Wanted Me To Fake Beat Him Up'
“It’s a difficult issue to address,” said Daley. “We’re trying to mark them. Hopefully they’ll see that and move on. If’ they took it to a scrap yard and maybe they won’t take them since they’ve been marked.”
The hope is that the bright red stencil will be a bright red flag.
“I feel like I’ve done something,” said Michelini. “There are not guarantees, but at least I can say I tried. Now it’s up to the universe.”
The event in Evanston was free but did require pre-registration. Evanston Police said the event was so popular and sold out so fast they are planning another one to be held sometime in the spring.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Partly Cloudy And Breezy Overnight
The Illinois General Assembly is expected to address the proposed law at the start of the year.