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Catalytic converter theft continues

Thefts of catalytic converters continues, despite a new Connecticut law that took effect July 1st that prohibits scrap dealers from receiving detached converters and requires detailed paperwork on all sales. Hearst Connecticut Media reports that Danbury police have received 145 calls for service with 213 converters stolen this year, compared with 56 calls last year and 129 converters stolen. Under the new state law, a person can only sell one catalytic converter per day to a scrap metal dealer. Dealers can only pay by check and must submit information on converter sales to state police weekly.  The metals inside the pollution-scrubbing devices, platinum and palladium, have soared due to supply chain issues and the war in Ukraine.  The rare earth metals are primarily mined in Russia and South Africa.

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Todd Schnitt

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