Martin car dealership reports theft of parts

Martin car dealership reports theft of parts
A Martin car dealership is reeling from an incident of theft over the weekend as they assess the damage sustained to 12 of their vehicles.
The Martin Police De-partment’s Criminal Inves-tigation Division responded to Taylor Automotive Monday morning after service workers at the dealership discovered new and used vehicles on the lot were missing catalytic converters.
According to an incident report filed by the MPD, the incident reportedly occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The report claimed 10 vehicles, some new and some used, had the catalytic converters cut out of the exhaust system of each vehicle. One vehicle was reportedly missing a battery, which damaged the battery wiring of the vehicle. Another vehicle had part of its exhaust system cut away, but the catalytic converter was in place.  
By Monday afternoon, Taylor Automotive team members determined 12 vehicles on the lot had been damaged.
Service manager Bud Goudy said a catalytic converter could be sold for scrap metal, with an estimated value of $25 each. Goudy added it would cost the dealership an estimated $800-$1,000 each to replace the catalytic converters.
Goudy and MPD Lt. Eric Reed said Monday the catalytic converters had to be taken from the underside of the vehicle and the suspect(s) more than likely used a reciprocating saw to remove the part.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (731) 587-2611 or 1-877-364-TIPZ. Published in The Messenger 11.8.11

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