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Vt. sees rise in theft of catalytic converters

Associated Press / January 4, 2009
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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. - Police are trying to get to the bottom of a recent upsurge in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles.

Springfield Police Chief Douglas Johnston said that his force has handled reports of between eight and 10 thefts of the antipollution devices in the past few months

Similar reports are coming from communities nearby, Johnston said.

The converters are mainly stainless steel, but contain small amounts of platinum, a precious metal that was selling for more than $911 an ounce last week on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Sergeant Tara Thomas, public information officer for the Vermont State Police, said similar spurts of converter thefts have been seen from time to time elsewhere around the state.

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