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Nearly 200 Stolen Catalytic Converters Recovered In Police Raid

Warren police conducted an investigation, culminating with a raid in Detroit.

December 31, 2018 - 4:16 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- The Warren Police Department says it has recovered nearly 200 stolen catalytic converters from a home after an investigation led to a search warrant being served Monday.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts posted on his Facebook page that more than 175 converters were recovered from a home in Detroit around 9 a.m..

Warren police confirmed that members of the Warren Police Special Operations Unit, Macomb County Auto Theft Unit and Detroit Auto Theft Squad executed a search warrant at the home in the 2600 block of Superior, which is located near Chene and the I-94 expressway.

One person was arrested without incident.

The arrest was the culmination of a month-long investigation that included frequent surveillance of the home.

Many residents in the Metro Detroit area have reported stolen catalytic converters -- emission control devices that convert toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas -- over the last few months. Converters are often targeted by thieves for their metal values.

Converters can cost nearly $500 dollars to replace, but can be stolen in just a few short minutes.

The converters were found mostly inside a box truck on the property.

The investigation is ongoing to see if more converters can be recovered.