On Wednesday, May 4, 2022 members of the Saint Paul Police Department, headed by Sr. Commander K. Hallstrom, organized three lines in Allianz Field’s parking lot to help fight the rash of catalytic converter thefts. About 750 car owners registered for the event.
Teams resembling raceway pit stop crews, spray-painted converters to make it much more difficult for thieves to sell stolen converters. Auto salvage companies are on the alert and will refuse to buy painted converters.
If a vehicle were high off the road, an SPPD stencil would be used to more clearly mark a converter. In addition, anti-theft screws were installed on license plates, making plate theft very difficult. This year between January and May, 1,204 converters have been stolen in St. Paul. For information on future SPPD converter painting events and how to register, check SPPD’s Facebook site: https://bit.ly/3wd7yEE
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