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Thieves Targeting Catalytic Converters From Dodge Pickups

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THE COLONY (CBSDFW.COM) - The Colony Police Department is warning pickup truck owners to look out and look under their vehicles.

In recent weeks, more than a half of dozen catalytic converters have been stolen from  newer model Dodge Ram trucks in the North Texas city.

“I didn’t think it would be that easy to take something like that off,” said David Stanwick, who had the catalytic converter stolen off his 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 while it was parked in front of his home.

“If you would have asked me if this was something I worried about before that happened, I would have said no.”

However after learning it would cost nearly $5,000 to replace the catalytic converter, Stanwick admits he now worries it might happen again.

This is not the first time catalytic converters have been stolen in The Colony, but Lt. Darren Brockway with The Colony Police Department said this is the first time a specific vehicle model has been targeted.

Brockway said he believes newer model Dodge Ram trucks are being targeted because the trucks’ large catalytic converters.

The larger the catalytic converter, the more platinum there is inside.

Brockway said another reason Dodge Ram trucks might be targeted is the catalytic converters on the trucks are easy to remove.

“We believe that most of these were with a cordless saw and we’ve been told someone that knows what they are doing can do it in less than 15 minutes,” said Brockway.

The Colony Police Department said the best way for pickup truck owners to protect their vehicle is to have it parked inside a garage overnight.