FRAMINGHAM – Students had the day off from school on Friday, October 7, but teachers and staff had a professional development day.
Just after 12:30 p.m. Framingham Police began receiving reports of vandalism at Fuller Middle School at Flagg Drive.
In total, four reports were made, based on the public police log.
At least two catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles parked at the Fuller Middle School lot, said the police spokesperson.
A possible suspect was seen in a gray Nissan Rogue leaving the lot, said Framingham Police spokesperson Lt. Rachel Mickens Possible suspect vehicle is a gray Nissan Rogue seen leaving the lot.
No suspects have been identified, said the police spokesperson on Tuesday, October 11.
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.
Thieves can steal a converter in minutes.