MINNEAPOLIS - If you've noticed a spike in loud vehicles in Northeast Minneapolis, it may not be a coincidence.
Police say at least seven vehicles have had their catalytic converters removed and stolen since December 1, 2012. The majority of the vehicles targeted have been Toyota trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Police say Toyotas are popular with thieves and scrappers due to their high ground clearance and easy access to the catalytic converter.
Metals contained inside the catalytic converters can be taken to metal recyclers, who pay an average of $50 for the precious metals inside.
In mid-December Minneapolis Police contacted the media about a specific theft in the Groveland neighborhood where surveillance cameras captured a couple making off with a catalytic converter. They suggested at that time that the city was experiencing an uptick in catalytic converter thefts but had no specific numbers.
Please be aware of this and call 911 when you witness suspicious people or activity around or under trucks or sport utility vehicles.
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