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MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY -- A case of stolen catalytic converters has some college students in Lackawanna County on alert.

The converters are being stolen from cars parked at Marywood University near Scranton.

Catalytic converters are an anti-pollution device under your car next to the muffler, and the metal they are made of can be considered to be valuable.

Police say someone -- possibly a group of people -- has been taking them off of cars parked in two different lots on Marywood's campus.

There is never a shortage of vehicles, with the sea of cars coming and going from Marywood's commuter lots at all hours. Campus safety officers say students' cars have been robbed of a part that is considered to be especially valuable -- due to what it contains.

The converters contain platinum -- a highly valuable precious metal.

"To me, the first thing that I thought was, the metal that's in there must be high on the market, you know, that's why they're taking it," said student Pattilynn Pietryak.

Students were sent an alert after the thefts happened this week. Dunmore police are investigating and officers say during the night time hours, two catalytic converters were taken -- and they almost nabbed a third.

The thefts aren't centralized, either -- they happened in two different commuter lots.

"Either here, or right where you said up on Maxis Lane, I'm always either one of the two and I'm always there," said freshman Caitlyn O'Hara.

O'Hara was surprised to hear about the thefts, and how much the car part can cost to replace -- several hundreds of dollars.

"I hope they find who it is, though, because I don't want anyone stealing mine and I don't have that kind of money!" she said. "I'm paying off school right now."

Campus safety officers say they have increased patrols in the parking lots, and have also asked students to stay vigilant and keep an eye out.

"Maybe park under a light, just looking for a spot under a light. When you're coming out after school at 9:30 at night, just be careful, be cautious," advised Pietryak.

Despite their value, cars are still able to be driven if they lack a catalytic converter.

Anyone with further information about these thefts is asked to call police in Dunmore.


  • RicU.

    Obviously, you have interviewed or have inside information.Would you like to share your source with the rest of us?
    I was quoting a NYS Police report from the mid-80s The thieves had to “fence” or sell their goods before they could spend it on [whatever].

    As for catalytic converters and EPA standards, you are too inexperienced and poorly educated to remember smog warning and eye irritation levels in major cities in the 60s and 70s. And NO, you can guess again., I am far from a friend of the EPA. Another point, when your cat is removed the car’s computer attempts to compensate for the information it is receiving.

    Could we have found a connection to the crime?

  • RicU.

    A catalytic converter is expensive to replace. Worse, if you don’t replace it very quickly, you can be damaging your vehicle’s performance AND reduce it’s service life AND risk a hefty ticket from a PSP. Worst of all, a catalytic converter is often to a given or limited number of vehicles. Basically, the thieves are stealing from you and then selling it back to you.

    Stepped up patrols are a temporary answer as budgets have only limited funds for such activities.

    • typical liberal dope

      incorrect. The thieves are selling them for drug money to a scrap yard. Also driving without a CAT wouldn’t do anything to the vehicle besides make a few liberal dopes cry a little more over mother earth.

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