Saxonburg police warning community after recent catalytic converter thefts

SAXONBURG, Pa. — Saxonburg police are looking for the thieves who allegedly stole some catalytic converters in the area. Tonight, the police are putting out a warning to the community.

Detective Michael Hartman said thieves targeted a car in a family’s driveway last week along Hemlock Court, cutting off the converter and taking off in the middle of the night.

“It is a little concerning,” said Hartman.

There was another incident at an auto body shop along Butler Road a few weeks ago. Now, Saxonburg police are working with other local agencies to see if similar crimes are connected.

“I’ve reached out to a couple of other agencies, one being Butler state police,” said Hartman. “They have some incidents going on.”

These thefts have been an ongoing issue across the region.

A recently passed bill provides harsher penalties for those caught stealing catalytic converters. It goes into effect at the beginning of January.

Police hope harsher penalties will help reduce instances of catalytic converter thefts. Chief Joseph Beachem of the Saxonburg Police Department said that since thieves sell the converters’ precious metals, there is a method to trick them from targeting your car.

“You can make it a less appealing target by spraying paint on your catalytic converter. If those guys see that, it may deter them from taking the time to scrap the paint off. It’s worth less if they have to put in the extra work,” said Beachem.

At this time, Saxonburg police do not have any leads. However, they have this warning for the community.

“My advice for people is to just have your driveway lit, and if you have the ability to have a Ring door camera or surveillance system,” said Hartman.

Anyone with information on this case should call Saxonburg police.

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