There is a part on your car you likely never think about, until it’s gone. And stealing it only takes a crook about 90 seconds.
Across the country, police departments are dealing with a surge in catalytic converter thefts. Lexington is no exception, but police have noticed a common denominator in a handful of recent crimes.
Lexington Police Detective Anthony Delimpo says the older model, white, Chevy Silverado with a dark grey or black panel, was spotted at scenes on Gold Rush Road, Mercer Road and Regency Road all within a few days in January. After rushing away from the scene on Gold Rush, the driver hit several other vehicles and will now have front end damage.
“I believe and I believe the detective would tell you,” Det. Delimpo said, “its probably tied to other cases, we just don’t have video of those cases or they went unreported.”
The bulb-shaped, emissions control device makes your car very loud when it’s missing. They’re fairly easy to steal and are full of precious metals that make them attractive to thieves who take them right to a scrap yard and sell them for cash.
Lexington Police are asking folks to check their neighborhoods and parking lots for the unique pickup. If you see it, call police or Crime Stoppers immediately at 859-253-2020. You can also submit an anonymous tip on the website www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.