Thieves eager to obtain valuable metals to sell for high scrap prices have targeted at least three vehicles in Congers, cutting off and stealing catalytic converters, according to Clarkstown police.
One of the vehicles inovolved is a Clarkstown town-owned truck parked at the old Congers train station, which is now a town park.
Police said thieves struck on Feb. 23, 24 and 27 on Harrison Avenue and Burnside Avenue in Congers, going under three vehicles and using power tools to cut off the catalytic converters — which contain platinum, rhodium and palladium. Across the U.S., such thefts have risen as the scrap prices for the metals have soared.
In addition to the town truck affected, police said two trucks owned by Prestige Pool & Patio, 60 N. Harrison Ave. were hit.