Abbeville police investigate series of catalytic converter thefts

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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville authorities have reported three thefts of catalytic converters.

According to Abbeville Police Chief Eric Blankenship, authorities don’t know exactly when these thefts happened.

“We’re following up a couple leads we have and going by checking some of the salvage yards so forth to see if we may can put it together,” Abbeville Police Chief Eric Blankenship said.

The thefts occurred at SpectraCare in a low-lit area.

With such a dark area and no video surveillance footage available, authorities are facing even more challenges than usual.

Plus, due to the nature of the crimes, suspects are able to commit the offense and quickly get away.

“The thefts of them are pretty easy to do,” Blankenship said. “They can be done in a matter of minutes so it makes it hard on us even as we patrol the areas and anything else. Anybody can come within just a minute or two, cut them off, and are gone and on the way.”

According to Blankenship, thieves aren’t stealing for the converter itself.

“It’s the components of the inside of the catalytic converters that they break down and sell the actual metals inside that’s of value to them,” Blankenship said.

There are a few leads in the investigation, but nothing is concrete.

And until the suspect or suspects are caught, authorities urge residents to be extra cautious and aware of their surroundings.

“We just want to make the community aware that this is going on, and they can be observant if they see anything out of the ordinary,” Blankenship said.

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