Neighborhood Crime Watch

Tonight's News Ten Neighborhood Crime Watch revisits a popluar crime from last summer,, here in Mid-Michigan, that is once again cropping up in Jackson County.
The sheriff's office tells me that there has been an increased theft of catalytic converters, six in the last two weeks.
They occurred in the 28-hundred block of Brooklyn Road, also the 45-hundred block of Francis Street, both sites are vehicle repair facilities.
Also a report came in from the 33-block of Francis street, the red cross parking lot.
Just a refresher, catalytic converters are part of the exaust system that converts harmful pollutants, to less harmful emmissions, before they leave the tail pipe.
Precious metals such as platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold are used as the catalyst.
Depending on the metals... thieves can sell the converters, to metal recyclers, for 20 to two-hundred dollars.
Recyclers can extract the metal and sell it for as much as six-thousand dollars an ounce.
These are often broad daylight thefts, because they can be removed in less than two minutes, and it will cost you more than a thousand dollars to replace.
So how can you prevent catalytic converter theft?
A few options,, some mechanics suggest welding the heads on the catalytic converter bolts - or simply shearing them off.
There are also commercial products out there that surround the converter, making it difficult to remove.
Also from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office some theft success.
A deputy located an occupied stolen vehicle,, reported by Jackson Police Monday,,,, near the intersection of South Brown Street, and West Morrell,, in Summit Township..
When the driver and passenger walked away from the vehicle, in a parking lot, the deputy arrested them, both 16-year-olds, who were released to their parents at the scene,, with potential charges forthcoming.


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