Operation Etch-and-Catch

Etch-and-CatchThe Crestwood Police Department is the first department in the St. Louis Area to launch Operation Etch-and-Catch. Utilizing local automobile service shops, Operation Etch-and-Catch works as follows:

  • When a vehicle is brought to a participating business for any service that would require it to be placed on a lift, or otherwise need to be accessed from below, the vehicle’s owner may request to have their license plate number etched onto the vehicle’s catalytic converter, as well as a line of brightly colored high temperature resistant paint applied. 
  • This service will be provided free of charge, and only at the vehicle owner’s request (from a participating business). 
  • By etching the vehicle’s license plate number into the catalytic converter, law enforcement is able to enter the catalytic converters into a criminal computer database as they now have an “owner applied identifier”. 
  • It is our intent to forward this information to all local metal recyclers and scrap yards, in the hope that they will recognize this newly applied information when they are presented with stolen property.

To view the list of area businesses that participate: 


Fairway Automotive

8750 Watson Rd 

St. Louis, MO 63119

(314) 236-9900

McCulloch Automotive

8724 Watson Rd

St. Louis, MO 63119

(314) 756-2300

Sant Automotive

8720 Watson Rd

St. Louis, MO 63119

(314) 849-2900

M.T. Schiele Auto Repair

8650 Watson Rd

St. Louis, MO 63119

(314) 849-4700

A to Z Automotive

9044 Watson Rd

St. Louis, MO 63126

(314) 842-6800