FRAMINGHAM – Police are investigating the theft of four catalytic converters on Wednesday & Thursday.
Framingham Police have no suspects at this time, said Framingham Police Lt. Rachel Mickens.
A catalytic converter was stolen at 302 Potter Road. It was reported at 6:03 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.
A catalytic converter was stolen at 65 Hemenway Road. It was reported at 8:43 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22.
A catalytic converter was stolen at 38 Edith Road. It was reported at 3:03 p.m. on September 22.
On this incident police said two suspects were seen wearing masks and hoods in black sedan.
A catalytic converter was stolen at 64 Jean Street. It was reported at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday, September 22.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported a 325% increase in thefts from 2019 to 2020, nationwide, and the thefts have continued in 2021, and 2022.
A catalytic converter is a tool installed on every car, be it diesel or gasoline. The converter is a catalyst located in the exhaust channel that works to filter hydrocarbons and other pollutants as waste products of engine combustion.
The converter auto part contains platinum, palladium or rhodium.
On the black market, those metals can mean $100 to $250 for every converter stolen.
But for the owners of the vehicles, the replacement can be even more expensive.
Parts & labor can be $1,000 to more than $2,000 to replace and install a new converter.