Thieves have been stealing catalytic converters off vehicles in Gaston, Cleveland and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina and York County, South Carolina since early March. Targeted have been vehicles belonging to churches, the Boys & Girls Club of Gastonia, and at least one business in Shelby where someone ripped the catalytic converter off a Ford F-250.
Since March 15th, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has received nine reports from different businesses and religious organizations in Cleveland County area regarding the theft of catalytic converters. Detectives there are also working with Gaston County, Mecklenburg County, and York County (SC) agencies to try to find the thieves.
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says the thefts have involved Ford vehicles, primarily 15-passenger vans. The converters are being cut off from underneath the van with a saw which only takes around five minutes. The Sheriff's Office has encouraged businesses and churches to make sure surveillance systems are updated and properly positioned to cover all areas of their property. In several cases, the theives have been caught on video, but only from a distance.
Photos released by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office show two black males and a newer model red Dodge Durango. If you recognize the men or the vehicle, contact Investigator Tim Sims at 704-484-4830 or Investigator Chrissy Helton at 704-484-4823.
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