CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The latest trend in thefts from vehicles had nothing to do with what was inside the car.
The thieves instead sought something under them - the catalytic converter and the small quantities of precious metals in each.
"In the last two weeks, we've investigated about 10 episodes of catalytic converters being stolen," Trooper Edward S. Asbury of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Chambersburg said Monday. At this point, police have no evidence the cases are linked, but they suspect the stolen pollution-control devices are being processed for the metals or being sold to salvage yards.
· In the most recent report, at about 5 p.m. Sunday, someone cut the converter from a truck at Sunset Auto, 4005 Philadelphia Ave., but fled without the device, police said.
· Between 5 and 5:45 p.m. Friday, converters were stolen from two vehicles parked at Lowe's Home Improvement Center, 1600 Lincoln Way East, police said. A battery-powered saw probably was used, police said.