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Trumbull County vehicles stripped of catalytic converters

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WARREN, Ohio - Vans, trucks and buses owned by Trumbull County are stripped of vital parts and authorities believe thieves are to blame for leaving behind thousands of dollars in damage.

Members of the Trumbull County sheriff's department arrived to the parking lot of the county's maintenance building Tuesday morning, to find vehicles stripped of their catalytic converters.
Converters were removed from 12 buses formerly used by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs, trucks and vans. 

"They're high up off the ground, other than like a vehicle, it's hard to get under there and they saw them off and they're gone," Major Thomas Stewart says, with the Trumbull County sheriff's office.

Most of the vehicles parked in the lot off of Panther Avenue near Warren G. Harding High School,  are owned by the county. Stewart believes the converters were stolen within the past two weeks and would likely be pawned off for profit.

"It's going to cost over $20,000 probably just to replace them, they're awful expensive," Stewart says.

Repairs were made to holes cut out of the fence surrounding the parking lot. Stewart says the suspects likely cut they're way into the lot from an area near the railroad tracks.

A total of 23 converters are missing, as two vehicles had two catalytic converters stolen.

Stewart says his department is checking with local scrap yards in search of clues leading them to suspects and the missing parts.

James Misocky is the county administrator of special projects and he tells 21 News that the county may have to claim the damage on its insurance.


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