Pennsylvania police are investigating who took hundreds of dollars of catalytic converters from the exhaust system of more than 35 vehicles that were parked at a Salem RV dealership on Route 66, a report said.
The thefts occurred around 2 a.m. on October 2 at Velero Century RV, just north of Delmont, Trooper Jeffrey Walton reported. Walton stated that suspects targeted a fleet of Schwan’s delivery vehicles parked at the site.
Velero’s website states that its service department deals with repairs and maintenance for vehicles belonging to the well-known grocery delivery service for homes.
This spring, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, an organization dedicated to fighting insurance fraud and theft of vehicles, said that catalytic converter thefts have been increasing since the pandemic began.
“We have seen a significant increase during the pandemic. It’s an opportunistic crime,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of NICB.
“As the value of the precious metals contained within the catalytic converters continues to increase, so do the number of thefts of these devices. There is a clear connection between times of crisis, limited resources, and disruption of the supply chain that drives investors towards these precious metals,” he said previously.
Catalytic converters are an instrument that appears to be a small muffler along with the exhaust system. It’s designed to convert the harmful exhaust produced by engines into less harmful gases.