Phoenix police find stolen catalytic converters

28 May 2022
2022-05-28 14:48

An Arizona man is facing multiple theft charges after detectives found a huge stash of stolen catalytic converters packed into a storage unit in Phoenix.

The case highlights a national surge in thefts of the pricey auto parts that play a critical role in reducing vehicle emissions.

The discovery of more than 1,200 of the devices came after a months-long investigation where Phoenix police detectives watched as a man bought and sold the converters.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says thefts have skyrocketed with more than 52,000 reported stolen last year, up from roughly 4,000 in 2019.

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