Trooper David Jones
Kentucky State Police
Post 6, Dry Ridge
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Catalytic Converter Thefts
Date of News Release: 07/18/2008
(Dry Ridge, KY) - The Kentucky State Police is currently investigating a series of thefts in the Pendleton, Bracken, and Robertson Counties involving Catalytic Converters. The perpetrators are obtaining access to vehicles when parked on streets, parking lots, and in the victim's driveways. The thefts are occurring in the evenings and at night where access is obtained to the converters from underneath the vehicles. The perpetrators typically use pipe cutters to cut off each end and immediately depart the scene. According to the current incidents, the vehicles tend to be Toyota and Dodge Pickups along with Toyota Sedans.
According to State Police Post 6 Captain Keith Craycraft, any vehicle left outside can be pray to this type of theft as these converters are subsequently sold at recycling businesses. Captain Craycraft added that the Kentucky House Bill 106 requires junkyards and other purchasers of diverse metals to keep records of transactions, and to report the transactions to law enforcement. Part of the investigational methods includes establishing relationships with these businesses to aid in identifying stolen items and assist in matching them with the original vehicles.
Captain Craycraft added that the best form to curtail repeated incidents is for citizens to get involved in the activities in their neighborhoods as it is the best way to identify suspicious vehicles. Other preventative measures include security lights outside residences and whenever possible, to park vehicles in garages.
If you have any information reference these incidents, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 6 at 859-428-1212.