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Law enforcement on lookout for suspects in catalytic converter thefts


February 10, 2021

THE EXHAUST system on a van at Sunshine Industries is missing the catalytic converter, center, after thieves cut it out.

Catalytic converters are meant to protect people from airborne pollutants. But in 2021, Sweet Home residents might want to protect their catalytic converters.

That's because the area is experiencing unusually high rates of catalytic converter thefts.

Four thefts have already occurred in 2021 in Sweet Home and two others were reported since Feb. 1 outside the city limits. Three of those in town were single-vehicle thefts, while one instance involved four vehicles owned by Sunshine Industries.

One theft occurred in a resident's driveway, while another happened at Sweet Home High School. Anot...

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