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Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:29

Killeen, TX, Sees Catalytic Converter Theft on the Rise Featured

Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in Killeen, TX. Tracey Williams, owner of Affordable Towing & Recovery in Killeen, told the Killeen Daily Herald that one of her impound yards was hit multiple times.

“They’re just jumping fences and cutting catalytic converters off cars,” she said. “They are getting rid of them and selling copper.”

Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith also confirmed there was an increase in catalytic converter theft.

So far, Williams’ yard has been hit three times in the past week, including a theft of eight at once. Williams has filed reports with the police department, however, she is now running her own stakeout at night in order to catch the culprit. Williams said she’s having to spend about $600 extra a month for security measures to protect vehicles she was planning to sell.

Teddy Mullins, co-owner of Bill’s Towing and B&T Salvage, said his business has been hit for about 25 to 30 catalytic converters over the past several years.

Mullins said his company has been cutting converters off first thing.

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