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Thieves Targeting Catalytic Converters in Wal-Mart Parking Lot [VIDEO]

Police in Atlanta, GA, say thieves have targeted vehicles parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot several times during the past month. With the right saw, it only takes the thieves a minute or two steal a catalytic converter.

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Police in Atlanta, GA, say thieves have targeted vehicles parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot several times during the past month. With the right saw, it only takes the thieves a minute or two steal a catalytic converter.

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Below is the article as it appeared on the MyFOX ATLANTA website.

Catalytic Converter Thieves Hit Metro

Updated: Thursday, 29 Apr 2010, 11:30 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Apr 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

By Justin Gray

ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) – There has been a rash of catalytic converter thefts in Henry County and other parts of Metro Atlanta. A car alarm won’t prevent the theft and it cost hundreds of dollars to repair.

"You just put the blade right there, wouldn’t take more than a [second] to cut right through it," said mechanic Shaun Kent.

Kent replaces catalytic converters regularly at Southeast Auto and he said unfortunately thieves can quickly steal the parts in a parking lot.

"[It takes] just a minute or two with the right saw and everything," said Kent.

Police said thieves have targeted a parking lot at a Wal-Mart in Henry County several times this month.

"They’ll just go from one to the next right up under each one of them and they’re out in a flash," said Captain Jason Bolton of the Henry County Police Department.

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Police said surveillance cameras caught pictures of an early 1980’s model Chevy or GMC they think the thieves are driving.

"This is a catalytic converter that’s been cut out of a car. What the thieves are after is this part inside, that’s been coated in a thin solution of precious metals," said Kent.

"On a good day they might get $70 to $1,200 for it but it’s costing the victim much more than that unfortunately," said Capt. Bolton.

Rachel Conrad was the victim of a catalytic converter theft while she was at work.

"I just came back from work, walking to my car and turned it on and it made a really funny sound, sort of like if you need a muffler," Conrad recalled.

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Conrad soon discovered that someone cut out her catalytic converter.

"You’re irritated, you have to go to all the trouble to fix it for someone who wanted the part for a hundred dollars of metal," said Conrad.

To read this article on the MyFOX ATLANTA website, visit http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/catalytic-converter-thieves-hit-metro-042910.

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