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Omaha police arrest 15 people suspected of catalytic converter thefts
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Omaha police arrest 15 people suspected of catalytic converter thefts

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Here are tips to prevent your home from being broken into. Remember, if you observe a suspicious person or behavior, call 911.

The Omaha Police Department announced the arrests of 15 people suspected of catalytic converter thefts Wednesday.

The arrests come amid a spike in catalytic converter thefts, including the July theft of 12 catalytic converters, valued at $1,500 apiece, from school buses parked at a company lot near 85th Street and Crown Point Avenue in northwest Omaha.

A catalytic converter is an emission control device that can cost up to $3,000 to replace. Each catalytic converter contains small amounts of valuable metals such as platinum, palladium or rhodium and can command a large sum as scrap metal.

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Omaha police were assisted by the La Vista Police Department and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office in the arrests of the men and women, who range in age from 26 to 55 years old. Investigations into the thefts began in February and are ongoing, according to a news release from Omaha police.

To avoid catalytic converter thefts, police suggest parking your vehicle inside a secure garage or secure yard or to park in a way that prevents access to the undercarriage.

Motion lights or continuous lights are suggested if parking in a driveway. Park in areas that are covered by video surveillance, if available.

Mark or engrave your vehicle’s catalytic converter with the vehicle license plate or VIN number, or with brightly colored, high-temperature paint. This will help law enforcement to track a converter back to your vehicle in the event of a theft.

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