Lexington Police hoping to identify catalytic converter thieves

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington Police say they’re noticing another wave of catalytic converter thefts, and the thieves may be targeting abandoned vehicles or ones that have been parked for several days.

This Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week takes us back to late August in Lexington‘s Beaumont neighborhood.

Police say it happened Saturday, Aug. 21 in the 1000 block of Majestic Drive. The parking lots in the nearby businesses sit mostly empty after hours. In this case, police think the suspects noticed one car, in particular, had been sitting there longer than usual.

“The victim had used a company car to drive out of town and left his personal car there,” Det. Anthony Delimpo said. “When he returned, he noticed his vehicle just didn’t look right, saw some stuff hanging down below it, and thought he’d been in an accident. When the officer got there, he realized that someone had stolen something from underneath it.”

When a nearby business rolled back the surveillance video, sure enough, they found two thieves pulling into the lot and backing up in front of the vehicle they were after. Another video shows one of the crooks using a jack to get underneath it.

The heist, police say, took about 15 minutes. A little longer than the usual catalytic converter theft, but the end result is the same. Well over $1,000 worth of damage to the victim’s vehicle.

Maybe you don’t recognize this truck or the two people in it, but police say you can still help solve crimes like this.

“The last thing we want to do is implicate someone that has catalytic converters or works in an auto shop and has these things in their vehicle,” said Det. Delimpo. “However, if you have a neighbor who consistently has catalytic converters in the back of their vehicles, reach out to Crime Stoppers and let us know. We can let our detectives know.”

The truck used in this theft appears to have a modified bed.

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If you think you recognize it or have any information on recent catalytic converter thefts, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 859-253-2020 or visit p3tips.com.

Your information is completely anonymous, and your tip could earn you up to a $1,000 cash reward.

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