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