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Thieves steal catalytic converters from Springfield auto shop

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Police are investigating the theft of catalytic converters from a Springfield auto shop.

Thieves hit Rick’s Automotive near Campbell and Sunshine on Sunday October 24th. Staff caught two men stealing four catalytic converters from cars on a security camera. The two men also attempted to steal a car from the parking lot outside.

Staff say that not only them, but many auto parts and repair shops have had trouble with thieves. General manager Tim Fess says it’s hard to fight when it can be done easily.

“What we’ve been experiencing recently is a lot of theft of catalytic converters as well as vandalism of vehicles, whether it’s going through the glove box to belongings, maybe in the center console,” said buttocks “They steal catalytic converters for scrap value and it only takes a few minutes to remove them.”

Fess also said she uses social media to help find and catch thieves.

“We used social media to basically bring a group of people together to help solve this problem,” Fess said. “It’s an epidemic in the country, let alone in Springfield, Missouri, if anyone wants to read any news article about it, it’s only epic proportions.”

Rick’s Automotive staff said a man was on a bicycle. He sawed off the catalytic converters. The other person walked over to a car and tried to steal it.

Rick’s Automotive staff said converters can be expensive

“Some vehicles can cost upwards of $2,000,” Fess said.

Fess said he’s seen cases where thieves get bolder by taking parts, but it’s essential to keep your car safe when you can.

“Any area is subject to it,” Fess said. “Usually daylight keeps them away because of foot traffic. But use all the precautions you can. Park in a well-lit and secure area as best you can.

Asked about recent thefts of catalytic converters, Springfield Police Department officials said they are currently working on a multi-agency investigation into the ongoing issue.

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