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Catalyticconverters cut from cars and a truck in local lots

By Tamara Race
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 22, 2008 @ 07:01 AM

PLYMOUTH -
Brazen thieves cut two catalytic converters from cars parked at Planet Fitness on Carver Road as the owners worked out inside the gym. The crimes occurred in the space of an hour between late morning and noontime this week.
Police say converter theft is a rampant crime that is both difficult to stop and nearly impossible to protect one's self from.
"What do you do? Park your car at the rear of a lot? At the front? By itself? It's hard to say where it will be safe," acting Plymouth police Capt. Victor Higgins said.
There has been a rash of converter thefts on the South Shore during the past few months. About a half-dozen more converters have been stolen in Plymouth this week, police said.
The converters on two Jordan Hospital workers' cars were stolen during the workers' daytime shifts Wednesday, Higgins said. Two cars were hit at the commuter lot at Route 3's Exit 7, and a box truck parked at the Benny's shopping plaza was hit Wednesday.
Higgins said thieves target trucks, SUVs and other vehicles with a lot of ground clearance, because there is more under-vehicle room in which to work.
Catalytic converters contain small amounts of valuable precious metals and can bring $20 to $40 from a scrap metal dealer. A person whose vehicle's converter has been stolen can face a repair bill of about $1,000.
Higgins said scrap dealers are not regulated in the same fashion as pawn brokers, who have to track every item they buy and record the seller's name.
Police found reciprocating-saw blades at the scenes of prior thefts, but the saws make noise and are unlikely to have been used in the recent daytime thefts, Higgins said.
Police have received a few reports of suspicious-looking people peering under cars, but by the time officers responded, the individuals were gone, Higgins said.
Still, he urged residents to report any suspicious activity.

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