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Posted on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 10:03 a.m.

Ypsilanti police investigate catalytic converter theft

By Paula Gardner

Ypsilanti police are investigating the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the 800 block of Green Road.

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Officers were called to the address - an apartment complex located west of LeForge Road - at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

While there, they learned that the catalytic converter had been removed from a vehicle.

Details on that incident were unavailable.

Catalytic converter thefts have been a concern over recent years as thieves targeted them.

Last fall, Pittsfield Township police investigated the thefts of seven of the devices from vehicles parked in township apartment complexes during a two-week period.

That investigation followed several others across Washtenaw County. Last March, four Detroit-area men were arrested in connection to 16 catalytic converter thefts in the area.

New catalytic converters range in price from about $100 to more than $400.


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Joe Somebody

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:38 p.m.

I can tell you its been happening around Ypsilanti for the past couple weeks. Not everyone reports the crimes. I work in the business that has to deal with the cars after they have been cut off. I'v seen several vehicles so far. Most have been General Motors vehicles.

Em

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 11:23 p.m.

Man, I had my catalytic convertor stolen in the fall and it didn't even get mentioned on Annarbor.com. Oh the humanity! In all seriousness, it was stolen while my car was parked IN MY CARPORT. The most infuriating thing is that there was really nothing I could do to prevent it from happening. I'm still mad about it.

Em

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 2:28 a.m.

Except they likely used a jack to lift the car. I have a chevy cavalier that's just as low to the ground as most focuses. When they see a car they want to target, they'll do anything to get it.

OLDTIMER3

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:09 p.m.

On my car I am told it is almost impossible to get the converter off without being on a hoist. I had the flex pipe in front of the converter go bad and it cost a fortune to get it replaced because of where the converter was attached. Buy a FORD FOCUS.

Scott Rosencrans

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

My understanding is that thieves are after the platinum inside. The context is more of a precious metal theft rather than a desperate car part theft. The platinum is the reason that such events tend to grow in to epidemics and should be of great concern. While some might be inclined to mock the story as trivial, A2.com is wise to report on this as a potential growing trend and the authorities are correct to be alarmed.

Billy

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

So you guys DO know you can sell these things ONLINE now...right? There are places that will even wave the FREIGHT SHIPPING CHARGES to buy them off you..... Shut THOSE places down if you want to stop this crime....because I bet they are instigators in 80% or more.

Billy

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 8:52 a.m.

and guess who THAT guy is selling them to....

tdw

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 12:02 a.m.

Billy.....I was looking and in Craigslist> ann arbor>wanted there is someone offering to buy them as scrap metal

Tru2Blu76

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

This is just the tip of the "car invasion" iceberg threatening Ann Arbor. Have senators Levin and Stabenow been notified of this crime? I will call them at once to demand a ban on catalytic converters on cars... and guns. Perhaps if President Obama can be called off his displays of hyper-macho/ hyper-violent skeet shooting at Camp David, he will lead the drive to end America's culture of catalytic converter thefts. ;-)

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

So the theft of ONE (a) catalytic converter makes news...wow!

Joe Somebody

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

I can tell you its been happening around Ypsilanti for the past couple weeks. Not everyone reports the crimes. I work in the business that has to deal with the cars after they have been cut off. I'v seen several vehicles so far. Most have been General Motors vehicles.

brian

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 3:38 a.m.

Ya know, must have been a real, real slow day for news.

Nicholas Urfe

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 12:34 a.m.

How about....... Increased awareness is critical to stopping crime. Someone reading this story may notice "car work" in the future that is actually a theft, and report it. You do want less crime, right?

Paula Gardner

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 3:27 p.m.

Slow news day:) Seriously, people have found these thefts interesting - and thieves often target apartment complexes. Figured it couldn't hurt to note that there was another one this week.