catalytic converter thefts

Security camera images of a person and truck allegedly involved in the theft of catalytic converters.

Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in the recent theft of catalytic converters from businesses in a commercial plaza off Rex Drive. The plaza is just outside the Chapel Hill city limits, off Eubanks Road near Millhouse Road.

A white or Hispanic male with dark hair and a medium build used a reciprocating saw to steal the converters from multiple vehicles belonging to separate businesses. The security images show a vehicle that appears to be a white, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (2nd Generation) manufactured between 2007 and 2013. The truck, which appears to be lifted, has an extended cab with dark tinted windows. It also has aftermarket wheels, headlight illumination, and exhaust. Investigators hope someone will recognize the suspect or his vehicle from a series of images captured by surveillance cameras.

Generally, a catalytic converter does not have a Vehicle Identification Number stamped on it, making it difficult to trace a stolen converter back to a specific victim’s vehicle. Additionally, thieves can remove a catalytic converter quickly, especially from vehicles that sit high off the ground such as trucks and SUVs. Prevention is the best defense against such thefts. If possible, park vehicles in a garage or well-lit area, ideally within view of surveillance cameras. 

Jason Nazworth is the lead investigator.  If you have any information, please call him at (919) 245-2960.