Ida Used as Cover in Catalytic Converter Theft

SKIPPACK PA – An unknown thief used one of the most damaging storms to hit western Montgomery County in years as cover to steal a catalytic converter from a car parked outside a Shelly Road garage in Upper Salford Township, according to a public information release distributed Thursday (Oct. 14, 2021) by the Pennsylvania State Police at its Troop K Barracks in Skippack.

The alleged theft occurred during sometime between Sept. 1 and 2, while incessant rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Ida created havoc in the area, troopers said. They’re requesting public help in finding a suspect.

Troopers said they received a report Sept. 2 at 12:40 p.m. from a 20-year-old Schwenksville woman whose 2003 Honda Element had been parked in a lot of the Mavis Discount Tire store at 2860 Shelly Rd. She left the car Aug. 31 at the shop to be inspected, and because it required additional work the woman did not return to pick it up until Sept. 2.

The troopers’ report stated the catalytic converter, with a listed value of $200, appeared to have been stolen “during the storms of Hurricane Ida.” That puts the time of the theft, the report indicated, between Sept. 1 at midnight and Sept. 2 at midnight, as several inches of rain created local flooding conditions and gusting winds brought down trees and utility poles.

Their investigation continues. Anyone who has information on the theft is asked to call the state police at 610-584-1250.

Graphic from the Pennsylvania State Police