Nearly $70,000 worth of catalytic converters stolen from Guelph business: police

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Guelph police say nearly $70,000 worth of catalytic converters have been stolen from a south-end bussing business.

An employee called police on Monday morning to report the theft after noticing the exhaust components missing from several busses.

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Police said the theft is believed to have occurred between 10 a.m. on Saturday and 3 a.m. on Monday.

A total of 21 catalytic converters are missing with a value of approximately $69,600.

There has been a sharp increase in reported thefts of catalytic converters in recent months due to the value of the precious metals inside of them.

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Guelph police said more than 60 such thefts have been reported in the city since Christmas.

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Police are urging residents to report any suspicious people or vehicles, particularly in remote areas where vehicles might be left overnight.

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Vehicle owners should be parking in a garage or in well-lit, highly visible areas, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 519-824-1212 ext. 7537. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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