Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters From Rental Trucks

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

At All Out Rentals, Keri White knew thieves had struck again when she started one of the large moving trucks.

"You can see on this end and this end," White said, showing us where the crooks struck. "It would take ten seconds to cut through, 10 seconds to get what's valuable to them."

Sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning someone got under these three large rental trucks and cut out the catalytic converters on the two new ones and tried to get a third, but failed.

"There are three different metals in a catalytic converter to make it expensive: platinum," said Wichita Police Lt. Doug Nolte. "When you see platinum prices go up, you see more of this, because it's an easy theft."

White is reviewing security video hoping to catch the thieves. A frustration, she's been through before just a couple of months ago. To replace those catalytic converters it will cost the business $1,800 and thousands of dollars in lost income while the trucks wait to be repaired.

"It's horrible and pathetic for the amount of money they get for the amount of damage it causes," said White.

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