Two men arrested in Colorado Springs for allegedly stealing car parts

Catalytic converter theft is on the rise nationwide
Catalytic converter theft is on the rise nationwide(SOURCE: WYFF News 4)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:30 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Two men are behind bars today, after police say they were caught with stolen car parts.

Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, Falcon officers responded to a call about someone cutting catalytic converters off of vehicles on East Woodmen Rd, near Academy Blvd.

A witness told police the suspected thieves had left the area in an older Chevy Tahoe with a motorcycle strapped to the back. Shortly after, Colorado State Patrol officers saw the Tahoe exiting onto Fillmore from I-25. CSP and CSPD officers responded and pulled the vehicle over. That’s when police say they saw the stolen catalytic converter sitting in the backseat.

Catalytic converter theft is common due to the rare metals inside the part. One of those metals, rhodium, is worth more than $20,000 per ounce. It makes catalytic converters worth a few hundred dollars in scrap value, which is why they are so commonly targeted by thieves.

Michael Adelsperger and Anthony Portnova were arrested and taken in for interviews. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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