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Rash of catalytic converter thefts hits Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police say thieves are cashing in on catalytic converter thefts in Grand Rapids.
The city saw a number of thefts over the weekend and now police are trying to figure out who's responsible.
It's something police say they haven't seen since the summer, but this weekend a number of catalytic converters were stolen from cars parked around the cityand police say it likely has something to do with scrap prices.
Its a quick crimea few seconds and it's gone.
"As fast as you can cut through 2 pieces of muffler pipe you can take one off, said Sergeant Stan Lis, with the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Sgt. Lis says at least 3 catalytic converters were stolen over the weekend.
I expect we'll probably see a couple more coming in tomorrow morning, he added.
Jason Cady knows all about ithis was stolen Sunday from a parking lot on Leonard Street.
I started up my car and it sounded like a runaway tank, he laughed.
Thats when he realized his catalytic converter was gonestolen in broad daylight.
"Its a sickening feeling to be honest with you, Cady said. To think somebody needs $100 that bad to steal from somebody else and especially in a manner like this.
Sergeant Lis says the thieves will get somewhere between $50 and $100 for the metal.
"Just like scrap cars, we'll get a rash of those when steel prices go up," he explained.
And there isn't much you can do to stop it from happening.
"It would be extremely difficult to prevent this, he said of the thefts. Its such a random crime."
As for Cadyit's not going to be easy to get a new one.
"He told me that its about $200 to replace, not counting labor," he said of his efforts.
But he's planning to take the car to the shop in the morning.
"So I have to drop it off tomorrow and just do what I can do," Cady said.
But he's still hoping to figure out who stole his catalytic converter in the first place.
"We're gonna review the cameras and see what we can find; but I did warn all my other co-workers to keep an eye out, Cady said.
Police say its extremely tough to prosecute a case like this, because when they do find the person they think is responsible, there's not a lot of evidence to prove the part was stolen, as catalytic converters don't have serial numbers.