COnverter thieves (BCSO)
COnverter thieves (BCSO)
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Benton County Deputies are searching for this Toyota.

  Vehicle wanted in connected with alleged catalytic converter theft

 

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Investigators didn't say how many, or when and where the thefts occurred, but did share these images.

 

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The Toyota appears to be light blue or silver, BCSO says it has black wheels and a temporary paper plate tag.

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They used the plural word "thieves," so apparently more suspects. Anyone with any information is urged to call (509)-628-0333. All leads can be confidential.

  Did legislature pass new converter crime laws?

  The state legislature did pass overwhelmingly, without a single no vote, new laws making converter theft less lucrative. Among the most effective methods of the bill include:

  • Limits cash payments for a sold converter (scrap) to $30, the rest is done by check or electronic funds transfer (so it can be tracked)
  • Requires scrapyards to keep records of where it came from, who brought it in etc.
  • It requires scrapyards and recyclers to establish vehicle ownership (where the converter came from) before buying and giving out money.

However, the legislation stopped short of making it a felony.   Although it's been signed into law, we're not entirely sure how many of these practices have been put in place yet.

 

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