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Catalytic converters stolen from dealership

Scrap thieves targeting precious metals inside of automotive catalytic converters struck on Saturday, April 17, at a Bloomfield Township car dealership for the third time in less than a month.

An employee at Page Honda, 1819 Telegraph Road, contacted the Bloomfield Township Police Department on April 17 to report that four catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles stored in the rear and side lots. An additional two vehicles were discovered with catalytic converters partially removed. The date of the theft was sometime between Thursday, April 15, and Saturday, April 17.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals, including platinum and palladium, which are used to heat exhaust fumes to destroy the amount of harmful emissions. Thieves target vehicles by crawling underneath, cutting the converter off of the exhaust pipe. The metal is then smelted and sold for scrap.

The thefts mark the third such incident at the dealership since March 22. Police said three converters were stolen from the dealership on March 22. Two additional catalytic converters were stolen from Page Honda sometime on or about April 9.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the thefts to contact the Bloomfield Township Police Department at 248.433.7755.


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