Tri-Cities Catalytic Converter Thefts Hot Again
A couple of months ago, during the heatwave, I got up a little earlier than usual to water the plants before I left for work. It was about 4 a.m. and I'm standing in the dark in my front yard. A car suddenly pulled up across the street to my neighbor's house kitty-corner from me. I thought it was strange that he was getting home so late, especially on a work night. He jumped out of the car with a friend and they began working on his older model Ford pickup truck. I thought it was strange and he was making a lot of noise. Then I finally managed to wake up and realize that is not my neighbor, and he's not working on that truck. A couple of thieves were stealing his catalytic converter! I threw down the watering hose and ran in to get my cell phone. By the time I got 911 on the phone, the thieves had driven off.
That's how fast it happens, and it's been going on for quite some time in the Tri-Cities. The thieves steal them and sell them to scrap metal yards and recycling centers that then extract the precious metals from them. I just wonder why they don't crackdown on the places that buy these catalytic converters.
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