Catalytic converters stolen from Johnston County auto yard
Posted January 9, 2012
Clayton, N.C. — Johnston County sheriff's investigators say someone stole dozens of catalytic converters from wrecked cars at an auto yard last week near Clayton.
The sheriff's office said Monday that the thefts happened sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning when someone apparently broke through a fence at Insurance Auto Auction on Sadicso Road.
More than 40 converters were stolen, authorities said.
Catalytic converters are often stolen because of the metals they are made of, which help reduce auto emissions. They are sold to scrap yards or recyclers for hundreds of dollars each.