Belmond Police Chief Rick McDaniel told the city council July 19 that the catalytic converters on two vehicles in town were stolen over the weekend.

  “There are precious metals in those converters, and they can be sold for some real money,” he said.

  Crooks often use a reciprocating saw to cut the devices from the underside of a vehicle. It can be a noisy operation.

  “If people hear somebody making a lot of noise in the middle of the night, it could be someone is cutting the catalytic converter off a vehicle,” said McDaniel. “If you hear something, call us and we can check it out and maybe help put an end to some of these thefts.”

  The chief said he is notifying scrap metal dealers in the area about the crimes.

  Converter theft has become a big problem across the country. Crooks can sell a used one for a $100 or more on the black market, depending on the type. Replacing one that has been stolen can cost anywhere from $400 to $2,000, depending upon the vehicle.

  Until recently, there haven’t been many thefts in Belmond. To prevent trouble with your vehicle, experts suggest....

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