For the past six months, Colorado Springs police officers have been tracking a disturbing crime trend. Thieves have been targeting victims' vehicles and stealing the catalytic converters for their metal contents.
It has happened at least a dozen times since September, according to information released by the Colorado Springs Police Department Thursday.
Catalytic converters can be worth $200 to a crook, due to the palladium, rhodium and platinum they contain.
Larger converters, or vehicles with several converters attached to the exhaust system, can bring more money to the thieves. Replacing the part is costly for victims.
Vehicles parked in outdoor lots are being targeted, including the lots of car repair businesses. SUVs that sit high off the ground, such as Toyota 4Runners, are also easy targets.
Police are seeking any information about the people who may be responsible for these crimes. If people want to contact police about this, they should call Detective Sergeant Michael Finn at 719-385-2128 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.