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Converter thieves strike again

May 17, 2011

Local authorities are telling citizens to be cautious after three more catalytic converters were stolen in the area last week.

There have been at least six catalytic converter larcenies since the thieves first struck May 11.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Tuesday that it is easy to deter possible larcenies.

"You can try to leave your car in a garage or lighted area," Reid said.

Reid said it takes less than 30 seconds for an experienced thief to successfully cut and remove a catalytic converter.

"We're not sure if its the same people doing it, but there's a good chance it is," Reid added.

The most recent catalytic converter theft occurred Monday at 4750 Lookout Dam Road, which sits on the border of Claremont and Catawba and is near the location of past larcenies.

A catalytic converter is a device used to reduce car emissions and can vary in price. A converter stolen May 15 from same address on Lookout Dam Road cost $1,500.

Reid said that several sheriff's deputies have been canvassing incident locations daily looking for suspects involved in the thefts.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call (828) 478-1178.

Comments

It also takes less than 30

May 19, 2011 by Packinwood, 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 415

It also takes less than 30 seconds for an experienced shooter to pull the trigger and stop a thief in his tracks. God help them if they come in my driveway.

Here is an idea

May 18, 2011 by LeeHarper (not verified), 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 411

Why doesn't our law enforcement go to the facilities that purchase the used converters and ask them to voluntarily take down the names and addresses of those who bring them in? If Ricky Redneck brings in a half dozen converters than maybe he ought to be questioned as I doubt he has a fleet of vehicles that all need that type of repair.

The same logic applies to copper gutters. If some three tooth mouth breather driving a 1984 Pontiac Grand Am comes to a recycling center with copper guttering strapped across the roof to get recycled; get his name and number. I haven't seen too many single-wides in Catawba County with copper guttering; safe bet it never belonged to him.

Law enorcement doesn't have to be hard; you just have to be as smart at the crooks.

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