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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:50

Car Part Thefts Plague Rome, NY, Businesses

Written by H. Rose Schneider, Observer-Dispatch
Broadway Tire in Rome, NY, seen Nov. 13, is one of several businesses impacted by thefts at auto body shops and dealerships, mostly of catalytic converters. Broadway Tire in Rome, NY, seen Nov. 13, is one of several businesses impacted by thefts at auto body shops and dealerships, mostly of catalytic converters. H. Rose Schneider/Observer-Dispatch

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For more than a year now, the city of Rome, NY, has been hit by a rash of catalytic converter thefts, mostly at businesses such as auto body shops and used car lots, police report.

Colin Smith, who has a personal garage and previously worked at a car dealership in Rome, has spoken to several Rome business owners, and estimates around 250 cars have been hit, possibly more.

 

That number is hard to track, Rome police Lt. Sharon Rood said, because the charges can vary with each incident---and include auto stripping, grand larceny, criminal mischief or criminal tampering.

 

Police are patrolling areas such as used car lots, and several arrests were made in connection to these thefts over the past year, Rood said.

 

“But with bail reform it’s often the same people,” she said. “They get their appearance ticket and they’re back at it.”

 

Judges can no longer set bail on most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies after changes to New York’s bail laws took effect in January. Rood believes the change has caused crime to go up this past year in Rome, with the same offenders in cases such as catalytic converter theft being arrested multiple times, she said.

 

Tracking the thefts is also further complicated because...


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