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Metal thieves target cars at carpool lots

GasBuddy Blog -- Beware motorists: thieves in some states have been targeting cars parked in carpool lots. According to a story from an NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan, cars parked in park and ride lots have been targeted by thieves.

WOOD TV says Michigan State Police said they are investigating seven different cases in which catalytic converters have been taken off cars in the lots and that the local Sheriff's department is also looking into the situation.

"It seems to be kind of a hot item right now, to be going to the local car pool lots and removing these from vehicles," Michigan State Police Trooper Ian Fields said.

Fields told WOOD TV that troopers will be increasing patrols throughout the day. He also recommends...


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Submitted Aug 01, 2013 By: PD
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 2:03:34 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 5:09:50 AM

Old news.
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Need good cameras.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 10:36:20 PM

Hmmmm
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times still tough in michigan
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 7:47:44 PM

Read this!

Bay Area recycler to pay $4.1 million in metal theft case
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 6:47:27 PM

Shoot, the catalytic converters aren't safe in any parking lot.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 1:27:52 PM

no surprising
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 1:22:58 PM

Why not, it's a buffet line...
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:55:39 PM

Tin & plastic does not pay much at scrap yards!
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:24:51 PM

Since they like cars, maybe they will like making license plates.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:22:37 PM

jails are the answers
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:14:56 PM

you try to save gas, money & the environment, and some idiots can ruin it for everyone
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:13:51 PM

That sucks. What is wrong with people
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:03:48 PM

I guess no good deed goes unpunished. This is terrible!
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:02:25 PM

Thanks for the warning.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:01:58 PM

Old "news".
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 12:01:14 PM

Crooks everywhere.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:59:49 AM

Wow so sad
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:59:41 AM

Wow! These thugs are getting sneaky.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:57:59 AM

Insurance won't pay, security doesn't want to review tapes ... sounds like an inside job.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:57:43 AM

What next??!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:57:42 AM

Carpool lots are ideal for the bad guys. Just like a movie theater or church parking lot, they know you'll be away for awhile.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:55:15 AM

Scum is all around us.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:54:22 AM

Old.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:53:41 AM

Had this happen to my Jeep stole my catalyst , made a claim but my deductible was to high to cover the cost, there were security cameras every where but when I asked if they would review them they said we have no time for that. lose-lose situation.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:50:27 AM


If they don't get them there they will get them elsewhere.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:47:40 AM

they will get what they want off a car no matter where it is at.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:46:30 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:45:59 AM

Friday morning and you are already repeating stories? Guess we will see this 2 or 3 more times before Monday.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:44:34 AM

With copper theft up a few years back scrap dealers were required to get photo ID before paying anyone walking in with a truck load of pipe to thwart thieves trying to make a quick buck.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:40:55 AM

That's an expensive theft.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:40:42 AM

Start making the scrap dealers accountable... like charging them with Receiving stolen goods... they gotta know that when some dude comes in with 15 catalytic converters... it has to appear suspicious.. Especially if he was just there last week with 10 of the dang things!
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:40:40 AM

This economy forces people to take desperate measures. There will always be thieves of one thing or another.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:38:38 AM


Locks and cameras only stop 'lightweight' criminals...
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:37:07 AM

Stop these freaks!
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Old bad news
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Better security needs to be put into place.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:33:55 AM

There will always be criminals at work, no matter what!!!!!!
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Must be near Detroit.
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The fencecutters are at it again!
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Michigan is going to become..theft central with the unemployment rate.
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Yesterday's news. Let's turn the page and move on.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:29:13 AM

Whoa
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:29:01 AM

it is a shame too since that replacement cost is usually placed on the owner.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:28:43 AM

what does typical converter scrap out for?
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:28:31 AM

They are after the platinum inside.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:26:24 AM

Catalytic convertors have precious metals in them that fetch high prices at the scrapyard. Figures that this issue is in Michagan, where there are scores of unemployed people.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:26:20 AM

Need to go after the scrapers that buy this stuff too.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 11:24:05 AM

This has been happening for years now in Chicago.
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