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Catalytic converters stolen at auto business

September 12, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- Seven catalytic converters were stolen from seven vehicles parked at Spanky's Used Car Sales & Auto Repair at 2000 Jefferson Boulevard, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

The converters were stolen from the cars between Thursday and Saturday, police said.

The pollution-reducing converters contain platinum and palladium, and have become highly valuable as metal prices climb, officials have said.

Thieves sometimes use battery-operated saws to cut the converters from beneath cars, and they can get up to $300 for the devices, police have said.

Anyone with information about the thefts at Spanky's can call Deputy C.L. McCarthy at 240-313-2878, ext. 6131.

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