SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield Police confirm that there has been a recent increase in stolen catalytic converters and many of them are at non-profits.
Over the past month, Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society, Victory Mission, The Springfield Recovery Center and Catholic charities have all had their cars vandalized.
The Salvation Army released a statement Thursday (01/30/2020) explaining two catalytic converters were stolen off the truck overnight.
“So for a week we are going to be without any of these things we are going to have to shutdown our pickups, we are going to have to shutdown our deliveries and donations for this week,” said Steve Roberson, with The Salvation Army. “We service about 250 people a day so there could be thousands effected by this by the time the week is over.”
The non-profit doesn’t have a secure location to park their vehicles.
Organizers hope someone will loan them a vehicle so they can continue their mission.
The Salvation Army, which claims to already be running on a “tight budget” after being about 25% short of its Christmas fundraiser goal, says the theft also creates a financial burden.
These catalytic converters aren’t being stolen just from non-profits, they’re also being taken at businesses such as Fisk Transportation.
In December of 2019 alone, about 36 catalytic converters were stolen. This is compared to December of 2018 when less than five were stolen.
This car part is often sold for scrap metal.
There is not much anyone can do to protect a car from getting its catalytic converter stolen, however, it is suggested to park in a well lit area or in a garage if at all possible.
Donations can still be made by mail or online.
If you have any information on who may have stolen the car parts, you can call 417-862-5509 ext. 103 or the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.