Wis. police see rash of catalytic converter thefts

Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013 --- 9:11 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Police in the Fox Valley say they are seeing more catalytic converters stolen from cars because thieves can scrape out and sell precious metals used in making the parts.

Jason Weber is the community liaison officer for the Town of Menasha Police Department. He says catalytic converter thefts used to be something seen mostly in big cities, but his department began receiving more reports a few weeks ago.

Weber tells Post-Crescent Media that the car parts contain palladium, platinum and rhodium -- precious metals that thieves can sell for up to $150.

Victims pay a higher price, however. Catalytic converters can cost more than $1,000 to replace.

Steve Jacob owns Auto X Change in Menasha. His business has had three catalytic converters stolen from cars this month.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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