Thieves Target Car Parts In Springs

By: Shannon Brinias Email
By: Shannon Brinias Email

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.


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  • by james on Jan 14, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    @HMM isn't a crime to be a self righteous snitch? Probably not but in any case you should probably shut your face....no its not a crime to use a screen name on the internet...he could put president ryan if he wants....you see living in AMERICA gives us freedoms like that....go back to china moron...federal crime? Its a federal crime to walk around pretending to be a mayor that is real....I could go on and on about how dumb you are...but I think everyone gets the point
  • by hmm on Jan 13, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    Hey Ryan Are you the "MAYOR"? now? If not then you are "impersonating" "MAYOR" online Isnt it a Federal or some other crime to impersonate a GOV official. If you are not the "MAYOR" then atleast have the decency to say or use the name "MAYORAL HOPEFUL" Or is it that your "EGO" is larger than life ?
  • by Mayor Ryan on Jan 13, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Good thing I bought 40oz of palladium 2 years ago. Gold is a joke.
  • by cpk Location: COS on Jan 13, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    scrap metal yards are just as bad as pawn shops/ebay/craigslist all they are about is money not where the item came from. most items sold at these places and these websites are stolen. Many by employees and shoplifters and just robbers in general
  • by DR Location: Security on Jan 13, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    For RatFinkDude - As a graduate of public school and Colorado College; I have no doubt that a bunch of crack heads are now making a legitimate living by making catalytic converters, then destroying them and selling them to the even more legitimate scrap metal salesman that would never suspect that a shopping cart load of catalytic converters might be anything other than the fruit of these hard working folks' labor. It's unfair to paint these hard working folks as the scumbags that so many of us might possibly think they are...
  • by james on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    Such as toyota 4runners...thanks for the example...I had no idea what a SUV was...lol....wait til someone hops in their car to drive away and one of these tweekers is still underneath...20 bucks says he sues the victims insurance...and claims no wrong doing
  • by ME on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Theft by receiving, they know its stolen if the same guys keep showing up, prosecute!
  • by Saluki Location: COS on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM
    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the crotch of the person who steals my catalytic converter and may their arms be too short to scratch.
  • by Jim Location: COS on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Enuff already! Why not target the recycle places that receive these materials, then the people that brought the materials in? It's like the people stealing copper out of lamp poles and guard rails on I-25, the people receiving the materials are just as guilty. Surely they know it is stolen...
  • by james on Jan 13, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    Such as toyota 4runners...thanks for the example...I had no idea what a SUV was...lol....wait til someone hops in their car to drive away and one of these tweekers is still underneath...20 bucks says he sues the victims insurance...and claims no wrong doing
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