Pennsylvania State Police at Dublin say they are investigating another catalytic converter theft in Upper Bucks County.
In a news release Thursday, police said two catalytic converters were stolen from a truck that was parked at a commercial property in the 2400 block of Milford Square Pike, Milford Township, sometime between 5 p.m. Aug. 27 and 7 a.m. Sept. 2.
According to police, the parts were removed from a 2016 Isuzu and are valued at $3,000.
Catalytic converters are frequently stolen for the precious metals they contain, which include platinum and rhodium, which are in high demand on the black market.
A skilled thief can typically remove one from underneath a vehicle in 5 to 10 minutes, according to law enforcement agencies.
Around the country, media outlets are reporting a spike in catalytic converter thefts.
A Texas news station reported that they’re being stolen at “an unprecedented rate in Houston,” with the thefts frequently damaging the vehicles from which the parts are cut.
A Memphis TV news outlet reported that in that city thefts have also skyrocketed, with one theft resulting in the commission of a homicide when a man attempted to stop it.
Anyone with information about the local thefts is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at Dublin by calling 215-249-9191.