Catalytic converter thieves strike another nonprofit

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas has a story all too familiar – it’s been hit by catalytic converter thieves.

Several of them have been stolen so far by thieves, along with a maintenance van that was stolen and gas siphoned out of vehicles.

“It’s tragic, it really takes funds away from programs that really need it,” said Megan Jensen, facility manager at MHA of South Central Kansas.

In all, it’s cost the facility about $10,000 this year.

“If we keep finding a way of getting hit we’re going to, we’re going to find some way of keeping it from happening,” said Eric Litwiller, Director of Development and Communications. “Every single penny that we used for something else is being taken away from helping this community.”

MHA isn’t alone. Earlier this week, ARC of Sedgwick County and Starkey told KAKE News it had catalytic converters stolen. Police told KAKE News that a scrap metal database would require scrapyards to log all purchases made, then investigators can use that information when opening cases on precious metal thefts. Officers hope that database will be activated by January 2020.

MHA of South Central Kansas said will still provide services to those in need, regardless of these vandalism cases. It’s gala this weekend, a fundraiser for the agency, will proceed as scheduled.

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