Florence, South Carolina 2021-07-14 20:40:54 –
Conway, South Carolina (WBTW) —Holly County Police say catalytic converter thefts and attempted thefts are on the rise this year.
According to department estimates, there are 102 reported cases so far this year, accounting for 194 parts.
81 cases were reported in 2020 and only 25 cases were reported in 2019.
This figure reflects a 308% increase in the number of cases from 2019 to the first six months of the year.
Signed by Governor Henry McMaster Invoice On May 18, we will target the theft of catalytic converters and impose stricter penalties for theft by requiring more identification and information in transactions involving used and detached converters.
Despite a push from lawmakers to crack down on the theft of catalytic converters, the number of cases reported in Holly County continues to grow.
Van Sissel, a sergeant at the Holly County Police Department in the property crime crime investigation department, said the thief would work soon. He said an expert converter thief could cut it out in just a few minutes.
“Pickup trucks-easy to get down, so you can get to work faster, so you can get down right away.”
Thieves usually target large vehicles, according to Sissel, but Holly County police have seen crimes permeate smaller and more common vehicles.
“We are starting to see a few more personal vehicles with the catalytic converter removed … small vehicles like Toyotas. [and] Honda, “said Sisel.
The catalytic converter is not serialized, so Sissell said it was difficult to track.
“Of these cases [from this year], We probably made four arrests, “said Sissell. “We have not collected any parts.”
Catalytic converters are valuable to thieves because they contain platinum, palladium, and rhodium inside. Holly County police say thieves dispose of parts for quick cash.
Mechanic Chuck Brown has replaced the stolen catalytic converter at least six times in the past month.
“There are so many internal parts that are very costly,” says Brown. “They cut them off to withdraw money from it, and it’s an easy way to make money.”
According to Brown, thieves make money by scrapping parts, but the victims are left behind in the bill.
“I mean some costs are like $ 1,500, and it’s just for the converter,” Brown said. “It’s not an installation.”
Holly County Police encourages active efforts to combat catalytic converter theft and recommends doing some of the following:
- Install an alarm system on the car.
- Have an expert stamp the converter with a license plate or vehicle identification number.
- Park in the garage or in a bright place and point the camera at the car.
- Have an expert install a catalytic converter protector.
- If you have any questions, please call HCPD at 843-248-1520.
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