Orange police are looking for two men involved in a crime never seen here before. Catalytic converters were sawed off and stolen from commercial vans at three different businesses.
Police Wednesday went to Orange Stationer, 701 West Division Avenue; Affordable Home Furnishings, 1110 16th Street, and Sabine River Ford, 1601 Green Avenue, to investigate complaints of the thefts. The vans were parked overnight.
The thieves “obviously were targeting specific ones,” Detective Captain Robert Enmon said. The men apparently used a power saw to cut off the catalytic converters.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and can tell that two men were involved. Anyone with information about the thefts should contact the detective division at 883-1095.
In recent years, thieves in other areas of the U.S. and Great Britain have taken catalytic converters. The converters contain small amounts of platinum, palladium, and rhodium and can be sold to scrap dealers for recycling the metals.