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Crime Stoppers: Thieves Could Convert Converters Into Cash

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jun 03, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington police are hoping to identify two men caught on camera at a Lexington business stealing parts from company vehicles.

It happened a few weeks ago, and police are hoping to put a stop to it.

“We’ll start off with a few here and a few there, and the next thing you know we’ve got 50-60 of these things coming up missing,” said Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department.

The thieves cut out and stole catalytic converters from several vehicles at a business off West Main Street. The part costs between $500 to $1,000 and helps a vehicle’s exhaust system function properly, while running quietly.

“They will in turn, run these over to scrap yards, metal yards and they get a pretty good penny for these things, because of what they’re made and consist of,” said Thomas.

Neighborhoods are not immune from thefts like this, but Thomas said these thieves have other spots in mind.

“Either commercial businesses where they have fleet vehicles with larger catalytic converters, or, they’ll go into apartment complex parking lots and steal that way by sliding from car to car to car,” he said.

Usually, they head to a metal scrap yard after cutting converters out of a vehicle, Thomas said.

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