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2 Arrested, 2 Wanted in Catalytic Converter Theft in Glen Cove, NY: Police

Written by Alessia Grunberger, Patch


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Authorities say they arrested two of the four men who stole catalytic converters from vehicles in the Glen Cove, NY, area.

The theft took place in the parking lot of a local business on Cedar Swamp Road.


At about 8:30 a.m. May 7, employees of Spectrum Security and Communications received a motion detection alert on their phones and saw people were under their installation trucks.


Glen Cove police were called to the scene and told to be on the lookout for the suspects in a black Mercedes-Benz.


Authorities said an officer canvassing the area spotted the vehicle, but the suspects drove off and ran a red light before crashing into an oncoming vehicle.


The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Dept. Lt. Christopher Ortiz and Lt. Peter DiMaggio.


All four suspects ditched the car and ran toward an abandoned property that once belonged to a circuit boards manufacturer, authorities said. Two of the four suspects were apprehended. As of May 10, police were still looking for the other two suspects.


The men who were arrested May 7 have only been identified as Suffolk County residents.


The incident is the latest example of what authorities say has become a larger trend of catalytic converter thefts during the pandemic.


"A lot of these crimes are cyclical with the market," Ortiz and DiMaggio told Patch in a joint interview. "Years ago, maybe five to 10 years ago, it was copper wire and pipes. At the time, we had...

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