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Resident trooper’s office in Ellington investigating multiple catalytic converter thefts

Businesses in Ellington hit by catalytic converter thefts
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 7:52 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 12:24 PM EDT
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ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) - The resident state trooper’s office in Ellington said it is looking into the thefts of catalytic converters in town.

The office reported that the thefts happened between the hours of 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on April 7.

“Local business vehicles were targeted during this incident,” the office said in a news release. “The suspect vehicle is described as a dark color four-door sedan, [a] possible black Nissan Altima [with] no front license plate, silver/grey-colored rims and tinted rear windows.”

The locations included the Earthlight business and the Ellington Senior Center.

From the Resident State Troopers Office - ***PRESS RELEASE-APRIL 07, 2022*** The Ellington Resident State Troopers'...

Posted by Town of Ellington, CT on Thursday, April 7, 2022

The office said two unknown individuals, with at least a third as the driver, got out of the vehicle and cut-off the converters.

Thieves have been targeting catalytic converters around the state for their valuable metals.

Lawmakers have been trying to figure out what to do about it for awhile now.

“It’s hard,” said Rep. Jaime Foster, a Democrat who represents Ellington. “What happens is a fleet is out of commission. Because this is happening all over the place, for business owners to get their fleets back to working, they aren’t just losing money on the car repairs, they are losing money that their cars are off the road.”

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Trooper First Class Tyler Burnell at the Ellington Resident Troopers’ Office at 860-875-1522.

The resident state trooper’s office in Ellington said it is looking into the thefts of catalytic converters in town.