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31 Catalytic Converters Stolen in Raleigh

Posted July 19, 2007
Updated July 20, 2007

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— Dozens of catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles parked at local repair shops in recent days, police said.

Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle's exhaust system that help reduce harmful emissions.

Foster's Auto Body, located at 7300 Capital Blvd., on Monday reported 13 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles awaiting repair. Other items also were stolen from the shop, police said.

The following day, another 18 catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles at J&J Automotive in the 3800 block of Capital Boulevard, police said. Seventeen of the tampered vehicles belonged to customers, while one belonged to a shop owner.

Some stolen catalytic converters wind up being used on other vehicles, police said. Some are disassembled to recover small quantities of precious metals found inside them, such as platinum, palladium and rhodium.

"They contain some small amounts of relatively rare metals," said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department. "If they're stolen in quantity and somebody goes that route, there's a few dollars per converter that can be made."

Police said they believe the two thefts to be connected because of the similarity of the crimes and the proximity of the two repair shops that were hit.

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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  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 20, 2007

    My husband works at Foster's Auto Body. He is amazed that they just cut them off of the vehicles and didn't steal anything else.

  • 68_polara Jul 20, 2007

    Cleanup on Aisle Cool wrote:

    "Hey - Quit driving SUV's and TRUCKS with high ground clearance, and people will stop crawling under them and stealing things!!!

    No one is going to crawl under my convertible - Because it's physically impossible!"

    Cleanup on Aisle Cool,

    I love my celica but I use my truck usually one or twice a week for things you just can't use a car for so this isn't an suv truck thing.

  • TheyCallMeTheFireman Jul 20, 2007

    Most converts are sold to places that specalize in the removal of the precious metals in them. We don't buy them on our yard because it is a tedious job to remove it. The metals, as in all yards, is then sold back to a mill that manufactures that metal to be melted down and cast back into a new product. The crook would sell the converter as a whole unit, and the center that purchased it would have the means of removing the precious metals.

    I know we are always on the lookout for stolen material, and work closely with the local police to catch as many of them as possible.

  • TrueStory Jul 20, 2007

    TheyCallMeTheFireman I have a question since you work at one of these places...How do you get the precious metals out of the converters? and how much do you actually get on average?...Is it sold to people who remanufacture converters?...just curious.

  • Blessyourheart Jul 20, 2007

    you made my point exactly sir. you can't speak for other yards. Yay for you for following the laws, but not everyone does.

  • TheyCallMeTheFireman Jul 20, 2007

    "Now that's funny right there. I'm sure the scrap yard in Cary abides by those laws, but I invite you to come down here to Spring Lake, Raeford, Fayetteville...etc and get a dose of reality. It must be nice living in your world. Puh-lease!!!!!!!!" - mstone375

    I do know more about the steel recycling business than you, I work in it every day. And that is exactly the LAWS we follow, I can’t speak for other yards. The bottom line is, as with everything else these days, is it is always someone elses fault that a crook is a sorry waste of air.

  • ifcdirector Jul 20, 2007

    It's almost laughable how the police, and the public for that matter, can never see the forest for the trees in this town. Why is this crime surprising? It's extremely common in Mexico and in Southern California and now in North Carolina where you have large populations of illegal aliens. Until the city and state leaders take off their blinders and stop welcoming illegal aliens to this town with open arms you are going to get more murders, more drunk driving fatalities, more stabbings, more theft, and yes more metals theft included. Who is running this town and the police department? Trained monkeys? Enforce the laws! All of them!

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/07/07/international/i151448D67.DTL&hw=wire+theft&sn=001&sc=1000

  • Blessyourheart Jul 20, 2007

    "How can you hold the scrap recycling yard accountable for buying material to recycle. NC law requires that the person selling the metals have a valid/current driver’s license. If the scrap yard thinks it looks suspicious they will ask the person where it came from, and if they don’t produce a logical answer, they will refuse to buy it."

    Now that's funny right there. I'm sure the scrap yard in Cary abides by those laws, but I invite you to come down here to Spring Lake, Raeford, Fayetteville...etc and get a dose of reality. It must be nice living in your world. Puh-lease!!!!!!!!

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Jul 20, 2007

    Some people are pathetic, they will steal anything.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jul 20, 2007

    Hey - Quit driving SUV's and TRUCKS with high ground clearance, and people will stop crawling under them and stealing things!!!

    No one is going to crawl under my convertible - Because it's physically impossible!

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