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Sheriff's office investigate catalytic converter thefts

From the Troup County Sheriff's Office

TROUP COUNTY, GA - As the value of scrap metal items continues to pay off for area thieves, new and inventive methods for finding these items gain in popularity, as well.

One quick and easy method for the criminal opportunist is the catalytic converter mounted beneath your vehicle.

It only takes a matter of seconds to cut the converter loose from the under-carriage of your truck or SUV.

These types of vehicles already come with the adequate ground clearance. The converters may be cashed-in at some places for upwards from $30.00 a pop (or, $9.50/lb).

So, provided a secluded location on their target vehicle, thieves can't resist such an easy score in under one minute.

Investigators are looking into one such case of Theft that allegedly occurred at the Clark Access boat ramp, on West Point Lake.

The owner of a pickup truck reported that, while out on his boat at the Lake, someone had cut and removed his catalytic converter. A 40's or 50's model, primer grey, pickup was seen at the ramp prior to the theft.

If you feel that you may have any further information that could help us solve this case, Sheriff Donny Turner urges you to call the Troup County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (706)812-1000.

Your information and identity will remain confidential.

If your tip leads to an arrest in this case, you may receive a cash reward!

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