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Richmond police warn of catalytic converter thefts

December 24, 2010

Over the last month, Richmond police said several people living in Richmond, Hopkinton, and Charlestown have been victims of larceny from thieves crawling under their unattended motor vehicles and cutting away their catalytic converters.

They are stolen because they contain one or a combination of a few precious metals including platinum, palladium or rhodium. The police department has made progress in developing suspects in a couple of the cases but there may be more than one culprit responsible.

The department advises that you be watchful for anyone standing around or near unattended vehicles, especially at night, and for any awaiting running vehicles parked near unattended vehicles. Contact the police immediately and provide a description of the suspects or vehicle if you see anything suspicious.

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