Three catalytic converters stolen Tuesday in Ypsilanti
Catalytic converters were stolen off of three cars Tuesday in Ypsilanti, continuing a countywide problem associated with the scrap metal trade, according to police.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to the 1500 block of Collegewood Street for a report of a nighttime theft of a catalytic converter from a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, according to police.
A similar incident was reported in the 400 block of West Michigan Avenue. A catalytic converter was stolen from a 1997 Mercury Villager sometime between 10 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.
A catalytic converter was also reported stolen at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday from a vehicle outside a home in the 1400 block of Gregory Street, according to police.
Catalytic converters are prized by scrap metal thieves due to the precious metals found inside of the parts. Catalytic converters convert toxic engine exhaust fumes into non-toxic gases that can be released from the vehicle. Among the metals inside catalytic converters are platinum, rhodium and palladium.
According to scrap metal buyers, a catalytic converter can fetch between $70 and $80 when resold.