Northampton police warn of catalytic converter thefts


Staff Writer
Published: 3/3/2020 1:13:30 PM

NORTHAMPTON — City police are asking the community to remain vigilant following multiple thefts of catalytic converters from parked cars.

Officers responded to two separate calls Monday on Bridge and Prospect streets of reports that the catalytic converters of the cars had been stolen while parked on the street. According to Northampton Police Capt. Robert Powers, police also responded on Feb. 20 to Ford of Northampton on Bridge Road for a similar report.

According to Powers, catalytic converters can be stolen from a parked vehicle by cutting them out from underneath the car. Powers said these parts can be sold for around $100 each. A car’s catalytic converter is part of its exhaust system and reduces toxic gases and pollutants.

Police currently have no suspects, but Powers said he believed that the thefts may be related. He said residents should park their cars in well-lit areas or places with motion-sensor lights. Police will be increasing patrols in an attempt to stop the thefts, Powers said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is encouraged to contact police, Powers said.

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