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Authorities nab picture of possible auto part thieves

Aug 11, 2011 8:50:00 PM - thestate.com
Richland County authorities say they've caught-on-tape those responsible for at least one theft of catalytic converters from vehicles parked overnight at a local business.

The latest in a rash of recent auto parts thefts occurred Tuesday at 9:15pm at a U-Haul facility on Two Notch Road.

A surveillance camera at 8400 Two Notch Rd. shows what appears to be a dark colored sedan pulling out of a parking space at the business where the small but expensive exhaust system component was taken from three rental trucks. The Richland County Sheriff's Department estimates the value of the theft at $1500.

Catalytic converters have become a popular target for theft because they contain platinum, a precious metal that converts toxic emissions of internal combustion engines into less harmful exhaust. On average, catalytic converters carry between 3 and 6 ounces of platinum which was selling for over $1780 an ounce Thursday.

Catalytic converters have been also stolen from the following locations:
• Carolina Air & Water, 1051 Old Garners Ferry Road, between 5 p.m. July 29 and 10 a.m. Aug. 1, where someone took a catalytic converter worth $400 from a vehicle;

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