Sylacauga seeing a surge in catalytic converter thefts

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Catalytic Converter theft is on the rise in Sylacauga.

SPD is reporting that at least 64 catalytic converts have been stolen in the city since April 1.

“Usually you hear about cars being broken into, however this is not that kind of crime,” said SPD Lt. Willis Whatley. “This is a crime of opportunity. This is a very frustrating type of crime because we can’t put these things in the system without a serial number.”

While this is a rising issue in Sylacauga, other communities nationwide are also dealing with a surge in catalytic converter thefts.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium. These metals are valuable and can be sold for up to $200.

“Company and home cameras have really helped us try and crackdown on these thefts,” said Whatley.

If you see any suspicious activity contact your local police department.

 

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