Teenagers stole car parts from vehicles parked in hotel parking lot

Police are warning people they are seeing an increase in people stealing catalytic converters, which they can then resell for hundreds of dollars. Orlando police have given video to WESH 2, which they say shows a pair of teenagers removing parts from cars in a hotel parking lot. It took them less than two minutes to steal the converter and then get away. But investigators say they were able to track down the thieves, obtained a search warrant for their car and hotel room, and inside found 31 catalytic converters. These parts reduce pollution from your exhaust, but they also contain very precious metals, including platinum and rhodium, which scammers can then resell. OPD says the two suspects are 19-year-old Jose Martinez and Terance Elder. The two face charges of grand larceny and criminal mischief, but were able to get out of jail. Meanwhile, the University of Central Florida told WESH 2 that at least 7 thefts of catalytic converters have been reported this month. It is not clear if the suspects are related to these.

Police are warning people they are seeing an increase in people stealing catalytic converters, which they can then resell for hundreds of dollars.

Orlando police have given video to WESH 2, which they say shows a pair of teenagers removing parts from cars in a hotel parking lot.

It took them less than two minutes to steal the converter and then get away. But investigators say they were able to track down the thieves, obtained a search warrant for their car and hotel room, and inside found 31 catalytic converters.

These parts reduce pollution from your exhaust, but they also contain very precious metals, including platinum and rhodium, which scammers can then resell.

OPD says the two suspects are 19-year-old Jose Martinez and Terance Elder.

The two face charges of grand larceny and criminal mischief, but were able to get out of jail.

Meanwhile, the University of Central Florida told WESH 2 that at least 7 thefts of catalytic converters have been reported this month.

It is not clear if the suspects are related to these.

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