Police are investigating a series of thefts of catalytic converters in Melrose, according to the Melrose Police Department on Friday.
Catalytic converters have been stolen statewide more recently due to the high value of the platinum metal found in this car part.
Around 1 a.m. Thursday, two to three people reportedly cut the converter of a Honda CVR on Cottage Street. The individuals also cut off part of the converter from a Ford Escape, until locals scared them off, police said.
A resident said he saw two people outside around 1 a.m. when they heard a sawing sound. The two individuals were reportedly picked up from the scene in a dark SUV. The couple fled in the vehicle towards West Foster Street.
Melrose Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 781-665-1212.
The police also offer tips for preventing these types of thefts, including parking in well-lit areas and parking near building entrances or near public roads when in a parking lot.
They also recommend parking your car in a shared or personal garage with the doors closed, if you have access to it, or adding security surveillance where they typically park.
Finally, police said you can add a catalytic converter-specific safety device, such as an aluminum plate, or safety systems to your vehicle that respond to vibration, such as sawing.
Police encourage anyone whose catalytic converter has been stolen to report the incident to them, as well as when the theft may have occurred.
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