Thieves targeting catalytic converters have struck again.
The city had two cases of theft of catalytic converters over the weekend – one at Taylor Heating and Air on South Tate Street and one at the Bishop Senior Center on Washington Street. There are currently no suspects, according to Capt. Dell Green.
The thefts had slowed down in the city after a rash of cases earlier in the year. These are the first incidents in a while, he said.
Larger trucks and delivery vehicles are typically being targeted. Trucks at the Salvation Army were hit earlier in the year.
The catalytic converter, part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, became a target because it contains precious metals – rhodium, platinum and palladium.
Law enforcement officials have encouraged people – especially business owners – to keep such vehicles out of sight or out of reach, in well-lit areas and within view of security cameras, if possible.
Plates can be purchased to cover the catalytic converter, providing another layer of deterrent.