Catalytic converters stolen from Park and Ride lots

September 20, 2011

Catalytic converters were stolen from four vehicles parked at Park and Ride parking lots in the Hagerstown area, Maryland State Police said Tuesday.

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

One of the vehicles was parked in the lot at Md. 65 and Interstate 70, and three were parked at Md. 66 and I-70, according to a news release.

A saw was used to remove the converters from the vehicles, police said.

The estimated loss due to the thefts was $2,000 per vehicle, police said.

Anyone who saw the thefts can call Senior Trooper Dave Matthews at 301-739-2102.

  Police have previously offered tips on how to prevent catalytic converter thefts, which include:

  • Purchasing coverings or sleeves made for catalytic converters, although they can be pricey.
  • Having the bolts on your converter welded shut. The approach might only deter the thief who works with a wrench, but it might be enough of a deterrent to protect against other theft attempts.
  • Etching your converter with a serial number can help police track it if it is stolen.

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