The St. Johnsbury State Police Barracks is investigating stolen catalytic convertors from multiple vehicles that were located in the parking lot of St J Subaru. On July 11 troopers were contacted by St J Subaru about vehicles missing catalytic convertors that were parked on their lot. Some of the vehicles were service customers.
After reviewing the footage from the surveillance cameras it was determined that the catalytic convertors were taken in the early morning hours of July 8 by two individuals driving a silver Jeep SUV hatchback. The license plates appear to be either from Massachusetts or New Hampshire.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Aremburg at the St Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111.
The theft of catalytic converters has grown dramatically nationwide because, as bank robber Willie Sutton said, “that’s where the money is.”
According to Autozone.com, “the critical reason that people hear more and more about stolen catalytic converters is that these parts are moneymakers. They consist of platinum, rhodium, and palladium, all of which are precious metals. Because of this, a converter’s scrap value can yield well over $200 per piece, and some larger, rare converters can even fetch over $1000, based on the metal’s current scrap rate.
“Since 1975, all automobiles have had to have a catalytic converter—however, some converters interest crooks more than others. For instance, trucks and SUVs are effortless to get under, which makes them an excellent target. The higher up your vehicle sits, the easier it is to steal the catalytic converter. And, usually a larger engine will have a larger converter with more metal content inside.”
As with many other aspects of vehicular emissions – notably Vermont’s participation in the California emissions regulations requiring no sales of new internal-combustion cars after 2035 – the increase of catalytic converter theft in Vermont seems to be following California’s lead. Autozone:
“From 2019-2020, Los Angeles County reported a 400% increase in catalytic converter thefts. In the state of California, there was over an 85% increase in converter replacement service.”