New Milford PD: Thieves steal catalytic converters from six vehicles on Danbury Road

NEW MILFORD — Police are looking for two to three individuals involved in the recent theft of catalytic converters from several vehicles in town.

On Wednesday, the New Milford Police Department was notified that catalytic converters had been stolen from six vehicles at three different locations along Danbury Road.

Thieves used a Sawz-All reciprocating saw to remove the exhaust emission control devices from four Toyota Prius vehicles at Levine Auto & Truck Parts, a Ford F250 at Evergreen Art & Stone Works and a Toyota 4-Runner at Connecticut Auto Repair Services, according to authorities.

Police said the thefts occurred during the overnight hours and were carried out by two to three male suspects, who were wearing masks and driving a black pickup truck.

It was not the first time catalytic converter thieves hit New Milford. In June, catalytic converters were stolen from 11 vehicles parked at the All-Star Transportation bus depot on Dodd Road.

The emission-reducing devices have become a hot commodity for thieves, and vehicles in western Connecticut have not been spared.

The rising value of rhodium and palladium is considered a driving force behind the increase in catalytic converter thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Anyone with any information regarding the recent thefts along Danbury Road is encouraged to call Officer Jeannine Begley at 860-355-3133.