MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A recent rash of catalytic converter thefts have prompted the McCracken County Sheriff's Office to get the word out in educating the public, in what seems to be the newest target of thieves.
Catalytic converters reduce pollution-causing emissions. Stolen converters are sold to scrap yards for around $100 to $150, according to police, and demand for those metals are high.
Police say four converter thefts have been reported in McCracken County from parked cars at several homes.
- At the 2300 block of Husbands Road, a converter was stolen from a 1996 Honda with the replacement costing around $350.
- At the 3500 block of Lovelaceville Florence Station Rd. West, a converter was stolen from a Jeep with the replacement costing around $400.
- At the 1000 block of Krebbs Station Rd., a converter was stolen from a 1995 Saturn with the replacement costing around $400.
In Sept. 2010, a church in the Hendron area of McCracken County reported the thefts of converters from 2 church vans. The cost of replacing them was more than $2000.
Police say thieves look for cars that sit high like SUVs and pickups so the thieves can easily slide under the car.
Police have some smart steps to preventing theft:
- Park in well-lighted areas.
- Park close to the entrance at shopping centers.
- At work park behind a fenced or secured area if possible.
- Engrave your licence number on the converter to make it traceable.
- Purchase a vehicle security system.
- Have a muffler shop secured to the car's frame.
- Stay informed by visiting an auto parts store or browse the Internet for different theft systems.
If you have information on any of these crimes contact the McCracken County Sheriff's Office at 270-444-4719 or Crimestoppers at 270-444-TELL.