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Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters From Midlands U-Haul Store
Monday, August 15, 2011


Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland deputies are looking for two thieves caught on tape stealing 15-thousand dollars worth of merchandise from a local business.

Two men where seen at the U-Haul store off Two Notch Road, getting away with the right equipment that will get them some quick cash.

"Over the last two weeks we have had a marked increase in the amount of stolen catalytic converters," says Chris Lindler.

Lindler with the Richland County Sheriff's Department says the men got away with three catalytic converters valued at $1,500.

"In order to steal a catalytic converter, one would have to crawl under the vehicle and cut the catalytic converter away from the exhaust system," says Lindler.

He says they have seen an increase in stolen converters in the Lower Richland part of Columbia.

"The vehicle comes in and you can see him drop an individual off and you can see him come back a few minutes later and the individual puts some stuff in the trunk of the car."

While the men were stealing the converters, part of their saw broke on one of the trucks.

"We recovered some evidence at the scene and that's being tested for fingerprints and DNA."

He says mechanics usually don't work after hours, so when something seems out of the ordinary citizens should contact the police.

"If you see someone crawl under someone's car at nine or ten at night, I doubt they are working on the vehicle. It's a very good chance they are cutting the catalytic converter from underneath that vehicle."

With a new law in place, Lindler says he hopes this will stop thieves from stealing. The law will now require people who sell copper and other metals to have a permit from their home county's sheriff's department.

"The contents of a catalytic converter are all non-ferris metals so with this new law taking effect on Tuesday, you are going to have to have a permit."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/147334/2/Thieves-Steal-Catalytic-Converters-From-Midlands-U-Haul-Store-

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