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$22.5K in catalytic converters stolen from business in Cumming

by Staff Reports

January 17, 2014

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Someone entered a used car lot and stole catalytic converters, each worth $1,500, from 15 cars, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff's incident report.

The owner of Autos for Less, 857 McFarland Parkway, told deputies Jan. 6, someone had removed catalytic converters from 15 cars on his lot, but he could not say exactly when the thefts occurred.

The morning of Jan.14 he saw a black Mercedes he recently bought was no longer on the lot. Instead it was in the garage, which he thought odd.

One of his mechanics said he had pushed it into the shop the previous night before he left.

When the owner started the car, it didn't sound right. He looked under the car and saw the catalytic converter was missing. A check of the lot showed 14 other converters were missing.

The owner said he does not know who could have done this, but there is a door on the shop that does not lock.

Deputies said when they walked through the shop, the thief had overlooked tools and expensive items. There was also a truck parked inside the shop that still had the converter intact.