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Catalytic Converter Thieves Strike Again

Posted July 27, 2007

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— Thieves have stolen 17 more catalytic converters from a third automotive shop in north Raleigh, police said Friday.

Seven of the devices, which are part of a vehicle's exhaust system that help reduce harmful emissions, were stolen from vehicles at Carolina Muffler and Brake at 5221 Atlantic Ave., and another 10 were taken from a scrap heap outside the shop, police said. The theft occurred sometime last weekend, police said.

Thirteen catalytic converters were stolen on July 13 from vehicles awaiting repair at Foster's Auto Body at 7300 Capital Blvd., police said. The following day, 18 of the devices were taken from vehicles at J&J Automotive in the 3800 block of Capital Boulevard, police said.

Investigators said they aren't sure whether the catalytic converters are being taken to be installed in other vehicles or so the thieves can recover and sell the small amounts of precious metals in the devices.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.


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  • gopanthers Jul 28, 2007

    That's "Lane". I have big fingers and no its not my real address. LOL. Just in a playful mood today. Got to have a little fun in life sometimes.

  • gopanthers Jul 28, 2007

    If these guys want another catalytic converter they can come to my house and take my whole car. Please take it! Address is 1313 Mockingbird Land.

  • Hip-Shot Jul 28, 2007

    And my truck has 2 of them. My dashboard light wants to come on from time to time and a shop says I need new CC's for $600 or so. So they'll replace them, charge me full price, keep the CC's, and turn around and sell them for 50 a piece as scrap.

  • peacebee Jul 27, 2007

    I went to Argentina a couple of years ago, and if a house, factory, or building was left unguarded, theives would go in and strip it out of everything...wiring, fixtures, siding, building materials, tin roofing, flooring, anything removable. This was a wide-spread problem there, from what I heard. At that time, I said "I can't imagine a place where people would do that".

  • Butterbean Jul 27, 2007

    Don't be so hard on these thiefs, for they are just poor victims of society. That's what the liberals call them when they are in someone's elses neighborhood, but when they move to their's, these same victims of society become undesireables.

  • turkeydance Jul 27, 2007

    in Durham, the drug addicts steal sewer covers.
    in Raleigh, drug addicts steal car parts.
    in Chapel Hill, substance abusers temporarily appropriate non-owned material goods for peer-reviewed barter.

  • OD Norwood Jul 27, 2007

    Watch eBay!!!!

  • Adelinthe Jul 27, 2007

    Thomas Jefferson -

    Thanks for responding. You have educated me regarding this, and it's greatly appreciated.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Thomas Jefferson Jul 27, 2007

    Rev RB.-
    No, CC do not contain pollutants, they enable(catalyze) a reaction which converts them to something less harmful. These gases then pass out the Exhaust system into the air. They aren't filters.

  • Adelinthe Jul 27, 2007

    Are these used? Or new???

    Cause if they'e used, couldn't a mass quantity of the pollutants be used to contaminate people with something???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB