Local sheriff warns what cars are targeted for catalytic converter thefts


GENEVA COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — As WDHN has previously reported, there’s been a rash of vehicle catalytic converter thefts across the Wiregrass and Florida Panhandle.

In the last few weeks, Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says his office has investigated several cases where a person or persons have used a saw to remove the devices.

Sheriff Helms says the catalytic converter thieves often target church vans and other vehicles in sparsely populated areas.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device placed in all vehicles and contains certain materials that can bring top dollar to metal recycling centers.

“The Southeast area, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida would see a huge upswing,” Sheriff Helms said. “But now, we’re seeing it everywhere.”

Citizens are asked to keep an eye out for any suspicious individuals or activity in rural areas.

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