Crockett Police are asking for your help in catching auto parts thieves |

By Greg Ritchie

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – The Crockett Police Department (CPD) recently issued an appeal for information on a number of thefts. Over the past few weeks, the CPD has responded to five different reported thefts of catalytic converters around Crockett.

The CPD reports that several of them were stolen from Toyota pickup trucks. The theft of catalytic converters is on the rise. Catalytic converters are often not replaced simply because they overheat or clog – they are often stolen, especially on older versions of popular models such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry – according to carfax.com.

Car thieves realize that there is a high demand from repair shops and individuals looking to save money on replacement parts, especially on older vehicles. Those who own older vehicles are hesitant to spend a lot of money on a car with a low resale value. The same applies to body parts for popular models dating back several years. Shady repair shops may also buy stolen parts, but charge their customers for a new part at a much higher price. Repair shops rely on the vehicle owner never to know the difference.

Converters are also stolen for another reason: the precious metals they contain. Palladium, rhodium and platinum are the catalysts.

Rhodium – which many may never have heard of – can trade for nearly $10,000 an ounce.

These metals are so expensive because there is high demand and limited supply globally, which is why gold is being explored as an alternative for the future.

CPD asks anyone who may lead to the arrest of those responsible to contact them at 936-544-2862, or by calling Crimestoppers at 936-639-TIPS.

Greg Ritchie can be contacted at [email protected]

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