Arnold Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a rash of thefts of catalytic converters in Arnold, High Ridge and unincorporated Fenton. The thefts occurred between July 18 and July 21, authorities reported.
Arnold Police reported converters were stolen off of three vans between about 5 p.m. July 18 and 7 a.m. July 20, and the Sheriff’s Office reported 10 converters were cut off of vehicles overnight between July 20 and July 21 in the High Ridge and Fenton areas.
On the morning of July 20, Arnold Police were informed by OATS Transportation and JC Transit that converters were stolen off their vans. OATS told police that a converter, worth about $950, was stolen from a 2014 Ford Econoline van parked at the commuter lot off Vogel Road near I-55. JC Transit said converters were stolen off two 2019 Ford Econoline vans parked near Lowe’s, 920 Arnold Commons Drive, according to reports from the two law enforcement agencies.
At 1:48 a.m. July 21, the Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3000 block of High Ridge Boulevard in High Ridge after someone was seen lying under a parked car. However, when the deputy arrived, the person was gone. The deputy discovered two vehicles in the area had catalytic converters cut off them. The converters were valued at $3,000, the report said.
At 8:05 a.m. July 21, deputies were called to Beier Auto Supply, 1157 Gravois Road, in unincorporated Fenton, after seven U-Haul trucks had converters cut off them. One of the converters was found next to a truck, but the other six were missing. The victim said the theft happened between about 8 p.m. July 20 and 8:05 a.m. July 21. The stolen converters were valued at $10,500, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
At about 1:15 July 21, deputies were called to the 1700 block of Gravois Road in unincorporated Fenton, where the owner of A Piano’s Friend – a piano moving and restoration company – reported a converter was cut off and stolen from the company’s 2016 Ford E-350 van. That converter was valued at $1,600, the report said.
On July 31, Arnold Police Capt. Rich Shular said authorities believe the converter thefts may be connected. However, he said no suspects had been identified and none of the converters had been recovered. Anyone with information about the incidents should call Arnold Police at 636-296-3204 or the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5515.