STOUT, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – UW-Stout police are reporting an uptick in catalytic converter thefts. The crucial exhaust emission control device found exposed underneath a car. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, replacing a catalytic converter can cost up to $1000.
UW-Stout Police say hybrid cars are targeted for their easy access and clean parts that re-sell for a higher price.
Chief of Police Jason Spetz says crimes like these have been a devastating hit for students.
Spetz said, “Especially in our community where students have strapped for cash anyhow and they’re paying for tuition, and room and board and everything else this is not something they need on top of that. So we’re hoping that people check there more often and that can help us pinpoint when these things are actually happening versus a long timeframe you know four or five days when it could have happened.”