Secret Witness is offering a cash reward in the amount of $500 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with a series of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in northern Nevada.
The suspects use a portable electric saw to cut the catalytic converters from the exhaust systems under vehicles while they are parked, unoccupied, usually at night. These thefts are occurring in parking lots and also in residential neighborhoods, including driveways. It takes only a few minutes to complete the thefts. The thieves steal the catalytic converters for the the small amounts of precious metals inside, which “convert” certain elements in toxic exhaust gases into relatively harmless vapors. The catalytic converters cost several hundred, to over a thousand dollars to replace, and are necessary for a vehicle to pass smog tests.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects. Anyone having information relating to this crime, or the suspects, can remain anonymous by calling or texting your tip to Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, or going to the website secretwitness.com.