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Crime & Courts

DeKalb County police seeking information on catalytic converter thefts

DeKALB – Police are investigating a series of thefts last weekend where catalytic converters were cut off parked cars.

The DeKalb Police Department and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office took 20 reports of stolen catalytic converters that occurred during the weekend.

With most of the thefts occurring in the northwest region of DeKalb, patrols have been increased in the area.

A black Chevrolet Suburban with yellow Land of Lincoln license plates was seen in the area and may be connected to the thefts, police said.

DeKalb police recommend that residents park their cars in well-lit areas and report any suspicious activity immediately.

A catalytic converter helps reduce exhaust emissions. Without one, a car will sound louder and will fail an emissions test, which is designed to measure the amount of pollution a car generates.

Thieves can detach catalytic converters in less than a minute and sell them to scrapyards.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org. All callers can remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and filing of criminal charges.

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