Posted: Dec 26, 2012 6:43 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2012 10:53 AM
WESLACO - Thieves took at least 10 catalytic converters from the Weslaco Independent School District motor pool.
The criminals cut a hole in a fence to access the lot where the vehicles were parked. They sawed off the catalytic converters off 10 vans and trucks.
Police said the thieves loaded the converters onto a backhoe and plowed through the fence.
Police said expensive metals in the catalytic converters make them a coveted commodity for thieves.
"It makes a difference between one vehicle at a residence as opposed to 10, 15 or 20 fleet vehicles from a location," Weslaco Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said officers have been instructed to patrol parking lots with unattended fleets of vehicles.
"We can't do it alone. We ask for help. Anybody that has information, we want them to come forward and help identify these individuals," Rodriguez said.
Investigators are checking with area scrap metal buyers and dealers for leads in the case.
Anyone with information on catalytic converter thefts is asked to call Weslaco Crime Stoppers at 956-968-8477.