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Local thieves still targeting catalytic converters

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita Police are once again reminding residents to be on the lookout for thieves in busy parking lots.

This time though, it's not what's in your car that the thieves are after - it's what's underneath it.

Crooks are targeting catalytic converters, which is part of a car's emission control system. They're sought after because of the metals inside such as platinum, palladium and rhodium, which are then sold to scrap dealers.

Repairs can cost hundreds of dollars.

These types of thefts have been going on for years, but police say there have been three recent cases at Towne East Mall: Two before Thanksgiving and one last night.

Officers say the suspect or suspects are getting under cars, then using a battery-powered saw to get the parts within seconds. Police believe they're choosing parking lots because of good cover.

Wichita Police say if you see someone crawling under a car in a busy parking lot to call 911 because, "they aren't under there to check their oil."

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