Theft of auto part soars as metal prices keep rising

Freep.com – Scrap yards could see tougher rules –

BY GINA DAMRON • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • March 6, 2008;

Thefts of catalytic converters are on the rise in Troy, where dozens have been sawed off of vehicles since mid-July, according to police.

“It seems to be the trend,” said Lt. Gerald Scherlinck.

And law enforcement agencies throughout metro Detroit are having to deal with the problem as the value of the converters rises, thanks to the increasing worth of the precious metals they contain.

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