Had your catalytic converter stolen? Cornwall police want to hear from you

Police departments across Eastern Ontario are dealing with more thefts of catalytic converters from cars and trucks. The Cornwall Police Service is asking anyone who's had one stolen since July to report it to their department. (OPP via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – If you’ve had your catalytic converter removed from your car or truck since the summer, the Cornwall Police Service want to hear from you.

The CPS says it’s noticed an uptick in thefts of the exhaust system component, which contains precious metals like rhodium and platinum that are big money for thieves.

Investigators are hoping to get as many public theft reports as possible to establish a pattern and make an arrest.

“Investigators are looking to compile any evidence that can aid in this investigation,” CPS spokesman Stephanie MacRae told Cornwall Newswatch.

They are looking for victims back to July.

Meantime, SD&G OPP say two catalytic converters were stolen three weeks ago in broad daylight from vehicles on Dundas Street in St. Andrews West.

The same thing happened in April this year in North Glengarry, however OPP were able to catch a 23-year-old man from the Montreal area and charge him with theft and possession of stolen property.