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Theft of catalytic converters happening in Red Bluff are 'not cool'

Red Bluff Police Department said the theft of catalytic converters is on the rise as some residents are concerned.

Posted: Jun 23, 2021 9:40 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Police are on the hunt for catalytic converters that are disappearing from vehicles in Red Bluff.

Right now police do not have any leads but they did collect evidence Monday morning to try and find the thief.

"Going around and taking other people's property I believe is very uncalled for," said Corning resident Tony Barr.

Barr is frustrated to hear that this piece that helps reduce toxic gas emissions is disappearing from cars.

"That's their transportation of getting to and from work and that's what slows them down," Barr said.

The Red Bluff Police Department said over the weekend they got two separate reports of stolen catalytic converters.

Three stolen from buses parked at paratransit and four from cars parked at Collision Pro.

"I don't know the recycling value or what they do with them afterward, but I can tell you this, I talked with the officer who investigated it and the ones that were stolen from the buses this morning were valued at $1000 each," said Sgt. Kevin Busekit of the Red Bluff Police Department.

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Even though this is the very first time a catalytic converter was stolen from a car sitting in this lot, they have had other break-ins through this fence to steal things like gas.

"I had no idea it was actually going on,” said Anne Beaudry, Red Bluff resident. “It's kind of sad. I think theft in any way, shape or form is not cool and then they inconvenience other people. It's just not cool."

"It's not a proper way to make money like I said, to take other people's property," Barr said.

People living nearby wonder if their car could be next.

"You know we are all struggling with covid and everything,” Beaudry said. “It would just be nice if people could help each other instead of stealing from each other."

"I do have concerns over my belongings and personal property that I have earned over the months and years with hard sweat, of working and earning my money,” Barr said.

Red Bluff police are investigating the situation but know the crimes happened sometime between Friday evening and Monday morning.

The police department did not have the exact number of these types of crimes over the past few months but did say it is definitely on the rise.

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