Theft of catalytic converters on the rise in Northeast

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January 15, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

The Minneapolis Police Department has issued a theft advisory for catalytic converters in Northeast.

Since Dec. 1 seven vehicles have had catalytic converters stolen in Northeast. The majority of the vehicles affected have been Toyota trucks and sport utility vehicles due to easy access and exposure of the converter.

Catalytic converters are part of the exhaust system on vehicles. They use expensive metals to turn harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions. Nickel and small amounts of rhodium, platinum and palladium are used in catalytic converters, which are sold to metal recyclers for an average of $50.

If your catalytic converter is stolen it will sound like there isn't a muffler when starting your vehicle. The Minneapolis Police Department would like to remind citizens to call 911 when witnessing suspicious behavior, especially under trucks and SUVs. Also park your vehicle in a garage, if possible, and educate your friends and neighbors about catalytic converter theft so they can look out, too.

There is no suspect information available at this time. For more information contact Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bradshaw at susan.bradshaw@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2874.