Updated: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 | Posted: 9:13 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009
Hundreds Of Catalytic Converters Stolen From Auto Repair Business
LATROBE, Pa. —
A Westmoreland County auto repair and salvage business lost more than 200 catalytic converters to thieves who want the precious metals the devices contain.
State police in Greensburg said they still don't know who stole the anti-pollution devices from Danser's Auto Repair and Salvage on Route 130 in Unity Township.
"They were stored in a container that was secure from all ends, and I had one of my front-end loaders pulled up in front of a locked door," said owner Joe Mylant.
Catalytic converter thefts have become commonplace because of the rising cost of precious metals, including platinum, palladium and rhodium found inside the devices.
The company's owner said the thieves used Mylant's own torch to cut through the walls of storage trailers where the converters were being stored until he could sell them for scrap. Police believe the thefts happened overnight Aug. 9-10.
"They were actually here two days, they came in on a Saturday and scoped the place out. Came back in on Sunday night and turned all the cameras," Mylant said.
Channel 11 News asked Mylant if he thought the well-thought out theft was an inside job.
"I don't think so, my employees are all pretty good. Somebody knew something," Mylant said.
Mylant is offering a $500 reward to lead to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for the crime.