Crime Stoppers: Catalytic converter theft at west Wichita BBQ shop
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A local catering and food truck company was stopped in its tracks when thieves stole its only working truck's catalytic converter.
It's a crime that continues to plague the city. These crooks were caught on camera.
It was 5:30 in the morning on February 4. A white SUV pulls up to the MOAB BBQ business near Central and West St.
Within just a few minutes the thieves crawled under the catering truck and stole the catalytic converter. The cameras got a good view of one of the suspects.
"They come in like they own the place," said MOAB BBQ co-owner Denise Watson. "They just backed in their car."
Co-owner Denise Watson said she knew when she started the truck.
"We were going to a catering event," said Watson. "We went to get on the bus to go deliver and started it up and the car alarm went off, and it made a bunch of noise."
That's when she knew her business had been hit.
Wichita police and Crime Stoppers want you to take a close look. They've found the car, but they need help identifying the thieves.
"The more information that you have in your tip, the better," said Crime Stoppers Spokesman Officer Trevor Macy. "Obviously, you know, every bit of information counts, and we want to know, primarily who the people are, where they live, what kind of vehicles they're driving, any information you can provide about the activities that they're engaged in."
Watson says she's out at least $1500 and probably more because of the damage done to the truck.
"The safest thing we can do is keep our lights on, keep our cameras on, and hope that they get caught," said Watson.
The city passed a new ordinance making it a crime to have a catalytic converter that you can't prove you own. Police recommend documenting with serial numbers and using cages around your converters to deter thieves. If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.