Saint John nonprofit shocked after catalytic converter stolen from bus

The BGC got off a bus after the theft of a catalytic converter in one of the association’s vehicles.

Amy Shanks, executive director of BGC, formerly known as the Boys & Girls Club of Saint John, said whoever stole the coin managed to escape the association’s security camera.

“It’s shocking because our bus was parked where the cameras are and everything, but you can’t see who took it,” she said.

With students currently at home under the province’s COVID-19 rules, Shanks said the theft did not disrupt non-profit services, which include transporting children to and from the city’s school.

She expects the cost to replace the part to run into the thousands, but has yet to see the estimate.

Catalytic converters are expensive. They reduce toxic gas emissions from vehicles and are made from precious metals such as palladium, platinum and rhodium.

According to Saint John Police, the catalytic converter was stolen from the Paul Harris Street nonprofit between December 22 and January 4. contact 648-3333. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Catalytic converter theft has increased in North America during the pandemic.

Recently, there was a spate of catalytic converter thefts from car fleets in Miramichi, prompting a dealership to offer cash rewards and gift cards for information leading to an arrest.

Last February, the RCMP announced they were investigating catalytic converter thefts in eight communities, including Grand Bay-Westfield, Hampton and Sussex.

“Thieves target fleet vehicles, commercial vehicles parked near businesses and vehicles parked outside residences that appear unusable,” said Cpl. Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP’s Jullie Rogers-Marsh was previously quoted in a February press release. “Securing your vehicles in a locked building, when possible, or parking them in a well-lit area are some of the easiest ways to deter these types of theft. “

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