WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Thousands of dollars worth of catalytic converters were cut from the exhaust systems of 35 vehicles at a Westmoreland County RV dealership. Now, state police are trying to figure out who did it.
According to our partners at TribLIVE.com, the parts were stolen from the lot of the Velero Century RV dealership around 2 a.m. on Oct. 2. The dealership sits along Route 66 just north of Delmont.
Police said thieves targeted Schwan’s delivery trucks parked on the lot.
This isn’t the only large-scale catalytic converter theft event in the region. Around 30 vehicles parked near Seven Springs Mountain Resort were targeted back in February over several weeks. Pennsylvania State Police said there have not been any arrests in that case.
Catalytic converters contain a number of precious metals, including rhodium, which has been valued as high as $14,500 per ounce. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports recyclers will pay between $50 and $250 per catalytic converter.
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