February 27, 2013
It happened in the 1200 block of south McLean at the city's park and recreation yard.
"Looks like they cut the fence over here and you can see the footprints going out over there," said Parks and Recreation Maintenance Coordinator Steven Allen.
Police believe the crooks broke in sometime between midnight and 8:00 AM Tuesday during the heaviest snowfall. They cut out catalytic converters from five trucks and two vans.
"It couldn't have been any worse," said Allen. "It slowed us down to get to the work sites where we were supposed to be getting the snow off our parking lots. "
Theft of catalytic converters is nothing new.
"There are three different metals in catalytic converters to make it expensive," said Wichita Police Lt. Doug Nolte. "When you see platinum prices go up, it becomes an easy theft.
This time it's going to cost taxpayers to fix the damaged city vehicles. The city says almost $5,000.