The Greenville Police Department has received reports of a string of catalytic converter thefts.
According to police records, two catalytic converters valued at $600 were stolen at 8:31 p.m. on Jan. 4 from a parking lot at 1110 E. 10th St.
Later that evening, another catalytic converter, valued at $1000, was reported stolen from a parking lot located at 2210 Greenville Blvd.
The department received another report on Jan. 5 at 9:32 a.m. stating four converters were stolen from vehicles parked at a daycare facility located at 615 Country Club Drive.
Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise nationwide because of the rare, valuable metals, like rhodium and palladium, used to make them. When heated, these metals convert toxic gases into nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapor.
Due to supply shortages, these metals have experienced a price spike making catalytic converters a target for thieves.
All of the reported incidents are under investigation.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office released reports with the following details and allegations:
- 4200 block Dennis McLawhorn Road, Ayden, 1 a.m. Jan. 4-10:26 a.m. Jan. 5: man assaulted girlfriend at her residence; case active.
- 600 block Staton Road, 3:15 p.m. Jan. 5: man assaulted by employer; case active.
- 1600 block Old River Road, 11:57 a.m. Jan. 5: vehicle vandalized; case cleared.
- 1500 block Batts Court, 8 p.m. Jan. 4-10 a.m. Jan. 5: bicycles valued at $80 stolen; case closed.