Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in Connecticut

February 28, 2021 GMT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Ansonia are investigating the recent thefts of several catalytic converters from cars, echoing a statewide uptick.

Five converters were stolen from four locations in the New Haven suburb in the last several days. Similar thefts have been reported recently in New Haven, Wallingford, Vernon and Stafford, the New Haven Register reported.

Police in Ansonia said in a news release that they had identified a light-colored Honda CR-V that may be connected to the local thefts.

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The converters are coated with precious metals like palladium that clean pollutants from the car’s exhaust. With emissions restrictions tightening around the world, the metals are in high demand and can cost thousands of dollars per ounce.

Nationally, the number of thefts spiked last year during the pandemic, according to published reports.