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Catalytic Converter Thefts Keep Happening Across Schuylkill County

3 more reports in recent weeks

Every week, police across Schuylkill County are getting reports of catalytic converter thefts. The rash of these thefts hasn’t really slowed down in the last couple years.

And recently, even more have happened.

According to State Police-Schuylkill Haven, one of the latest incidents happened on May 2 at Bill’s Produce, along Long Run Road, North Manheim Twp.

At about 4 p.m., police were called to the scene for a reported theft of 3 catalytic converters from vehicles parked at the business, including:

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  • A 1997 Ford van, and
  • (2) 2003 Ford F250 Supercab trucks

The lifted catalytic converters are worth a combined $3,600, police report.

An investigation into that incident is still ongoing.

New Philly Man Arrested After Trying to Steal Catalytic Converter

State Police were called to an address in Walker Twp. last month for a reported theft of a catalytic converter.

Police say that Ryan Thorne, 47, of New Philadelphia removed the part from a vehicle. Thorne then hoofed it into a heavily wooded area, police say.

Theft charges have been filed against Thorne in District court.

Catalytic Converter Swiped from Vehicle in Storage Near Orwigsburg

Another incident involving a stolen catalytic converter was reported to State Police back on April 10. It reportedly happened to a vehicle stored at Sunrise Storage, Orwigsburg.

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Police say someone swiped the valuable part from an RV sometime between Feb. 26 and when it was reported to authorities.

The investigation into that incident is still ongoing.

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