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Police arrest 2 for catalytic converter thefts in West Plains, Mo.

Police arrested Christopher F. Hogue, 32, and Jason T. Vanatter, 52.
Police arrested Christopher F. Hogue, 32, and Jason T. Vanatter, 52.(KY3)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 2:36 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 2:37 PM CDT
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WEST PLAINS, Mo. (KY3) - Officers from the West Plains Police Department arrested two accused of stealing catalytic converters.

Police arrested Christopher F. Hogue, 32, and Jason T. Vanatter, 52. A judge set the bond at $5,000.

Officers responded Wednesday to a report of a catalytic converter theft from a van at the First Baptist Church. Investigators say a surveillance video identified one of the suspects. They arrested the two at the suspect’s home.

The following are some potential best practices, which were identified in open-source and industry reporting, that may help prevent the theft of catalytic converters:

· Park vehicles in a secure, well-lit area.

· Install motion detector lights and video surveillance cameras in parking areas, which may serve as a deterrent.

· Etch the vehicle identification number (VIN) onto the catalytic converter to ensure it is associated with the vehicle and would be identifiable if stolen.

· Paint the catalytic converter with a high heat, high visibility colored paint to make it more difficult for a thief to sell.

· Spot weld any bolts that attach a catalytic converter to the exhaust system or install anti-theft devices, such as welding a piece of rebar onto the catalytic converter to make it more difficult to steal.

· Look for ways to block access to the underside of vehicle fleets with high clearance, such as by parking vehicles with lower clearance nearby.

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