Catalytic converter thefts on the rise

Police said they have responded to seventeen catalytic converter thefts in Tippecanoe County so far this year.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 6:57 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Police said they have responded to seventeen catalytic converter thefts in Tippecanoe County so far this year.

When people cut them out, most of the time they're going for the platinum inside. Mr. & Mrs. Tire General Manager, Curtis Lewis said the catalytic converter is an essential part of the vehicle.

Without it, your car will make loud rumbling noises, and your check engine light will also likely come on. Replacing one costs around 1,000 dollars or more.

Florence Kalen said she thought her car was in a safe place when it happened to her. 

"I thought what happened to my car," said Kalen. She never thought she would be in this situation. 

"What would I do if I saw somebody under a car would I call 911 or what would I do," asked Kalen.

Police are asking people to report any suspicious behavior, because stealing catalytic converters is becoming a trend.

Oscar Winski Recycling stopped accepting all catalytic converters from the general public all together. 

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