Minnesota introduces catalytic converter ID to prevent thefts

The Moorhead Police Department is among several police departments in Minnesota that have started using a new method to prevent people from stealing catalytic converters.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead Police is part of a pilot program paid through a state-funded grant estimated at more than $100,000 where they mark catalytic converters using serial numbers unique to each. A Moorhead police detective says there’s been a correlation with steel prices rising since 2020 and catalytic converter thefts across the country. “There’s three precious metals inside….

Police investigate more catalytic converter thefts in Moorhead

MOORHEAD CATALYTIC THEFT2 MOORHEAD CATALYTIC THEFTS 1 MOORHEAD CATALYTIC THEFTS MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead Police are asking for assistance in identifying suspects in recent catalytic converter thefts. In one case, someone driving a Pontiac Grand Prix stole two converters on the east side of Moorhead.  A person driving a Ford Taurus is suspected of catalytic converter thefts from a…

Fargo Police partner with tire shop to reduce catalytic converter thefts

FARGO (KVRR) – The Fargo Police Dept. is partnering with a local tire dealer in an attempt to reduce the number of catalytic converter thefts. OK Tire will mark catalytic converters with heat resistant paint and engrave a partial Vehicle Identification Number. The service is available free of charge. An appointment is not required. Since December, police have received 137…

As catalytic converter theft grows, lawmakers take notice

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill to restrict the sale and purchase of catalytic converters. Advocates say the bill is designed to cut down on an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters have become a hot item for thieves because they contain platinum and other precious metals. The materials are worth thousands of dollars per…