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Police Investigate Car Part Thefts Along SEPTA Regional Rail Lines

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (CBS) – If you “park and ride” along SEPTA Regional Rail lines, it could be a much more expensive trip than you expected.

An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team investigation reveals that since March 12th, riders have had catalytic converters, a pollution control device, stolen from beneath their vehicles.

Most of the SEPTA riders victimized in lots at eight separate stations in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties had no idea the converters were stolen until they started their cars and they began roaring “like a motorboat” as one victim described it.

In almost all cases, our investigation found the riders left their cars in lots all day, discovering the thefts when they returned in the evening.

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Typically, it costs victims between $1,200 and $2,000 to replace the converters, which are part of the exhaust system.

Experts say thieves take the converters because they contain precious metals such as platinum, and then resell them for between $100 and $200.

SEPTA officials say with metal prices soaring, converter thefts are spiking nationwide.

Currently SEPTA police do not patrol regional rail lots and there are no surveillance cameras.

Security is provided by local police departments in communities where stations are located.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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One Comment

  1. Imainfidel says:

    obama can steal someones social security number and CBS is worried about cars being stripped. the country is being looted by those in power, how about a story on that.

    1. johan says:

      Please cite your source that Obama is steealing social security numbers.

  2. biker trash says:

    another great reason to stay away from philthydelphia

  3. Catalytic converters contain platinum, easily marketable for big bucks.

  4. Mike Alright says:

    The economy is wonderful (for retired baby-boomers) & affirmative action loving white women.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Hey, Mike: I’ve got a sister who’s a ‘freeloader’. Don’t want to work and thinks the world is supposed to take care of her. She doesn’t want anything to do with me because she can’t freeload off of me. LOL She hasn’t started taking catalytic converters yet though. So, I’m thinking there might be hope for her after all. LOL

  5. Bob J says:

    I guess the recovery isn’t as impressive as the pundits on the financial channels would have us believe. Make no mistake — we’re in a Depression. That’s why we are seeing more and more of this kind of illegal, desperate behavior. That said, it’s interesting how society treats with contempt people who steal copper, sheet metal and other materials of significant value versus people with white collars and fancy suits who got us into this mess by stealing hundreds of billions of dollars from half the world.

  6. Don Whitland says:

    Only when some politician gets their car attacked will anything be done.

  7. summervale says:

    This was a joke in the old days in communist countries but so true unfortunately.

    7 wonders of communism

    1. Everyone had a job.
    2. Even though everyone had a job, no one was working.
    3. Even though no one was working, the quota was met 100%.
    4. Even though the quota was met 100%, there was nothing to buy.
    5. Even though there was nothing to buy, everyone had everything.
    6. Even though everyone had everything, all were stealing.
    7. Even though everyone was stealing, nothing was ever missing.

    1. johan says:

      I just came back from Prague visiting with a friend of mine. His wife had a baby and she was given 3 years off with pay. One of the good things left over from communism.

  8. Anon E. Mouse says:

    And by which ethnic group is Philly besieged? Jus’ sayin”.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yet another @$$-hole heard from.

    1. Imainfidel says:


  10. CONNECTICUT SSN 042-68-4425 says:

    Why does Barry have it?

  11. DM says:

    They’ve been doing this in Calif for years and even strip houses and lamp posts. Everyone knows who ‘s doing it but it wouldn’t be politically correct to say it so they just ignore it while the whole State becomes a violent gang-infested border town. Coming soon to your little town courtesy of worthless Government.

  12. Vendicar Decarian says:

    In money grubbing, me, me, me America, inadequate socialization has resulted in a society that values things more than it respects the property of others. It is a natural consequence of Conservative ideology.

    Meanwhile in countries like Socialist Japan, even in an event like the Tsunami, there were no reports of looting.

    1. Rudy says:

      No, I don’t think so. This is caused by social breakdown FROM socialism. When the government convinces people they all deserve “equal outcome” instead of “equal opportunity”, the have-nots get upset and try and equalize on their own.

      1. Eric Sansoni says:

        It comes from the decline of religion and the breakdown of the traditional family unit. If you don’t have to worry about facing justice from a higher power, then why would you not do anything to help yourself that you could get away with, whether it hurts other people or not? If you don’t have a mother and a father at home then who is going to have time to teach you about religion and morality?

      2. Duh-Eric says:

        Eric why do you need to be afraid of a magic ghost who you think is going to judge you when you die to act like a good person? You’re just as foolish as people who think they deserve everything.

        Be a good person for the bettering of YOURSELF and SOCIETY. Not to impress a fairytale. Beesh.

      3. Re - Eric says:

        Wow I have to agree w/ reply, Eric. You’re worried about who will have time to teach kids about god? And -that- is why society is doomed? Honestly, I can’t even BEGIN to imagine how ignorant to the world you probably are.

  13. Rachel says:

    This has happened to me twice. Once in April, at Langhorne train station, and yesterday, again, at the Somerton train station. What am I to do?

    1. rudy says:

      Rachel, don’t listen to him. Get a job out here in Wyoming. We’re $4.5 billion in the black, have enough energy for the entire USA for 500 years, employment is strong, people still say “thank you” and “please”, and you can still leave your keys in the car, unlocked. Of course, everyone is packing a handgun or rifle, but an armed society is a polite society. I used to live in Baltimore. 22 years later, I don’t miss it a bit. You couldn’t pay me to go back.

      1. Fed up in LA says:

        Hey rudy I bet when the dollar becomes toilet paper you in Wyoming will be able to trade with local farmers for food and coal mines to get enough coal to last the year
        Even more if you turn your soon to be worthless dollars into gold and silver

    2. biker trash says:

      sit there, hide and wait fof them,then take them out.Oh,i forgot,you can.t carry a gun in philly, glad i live in pittsburgh,WE CAN AND DO!

      1. Anonymous says:


    3. Imainfidel says:

      keep voting democrat

  14. LOU says:


  15. Anon. says:

    This wouldn’t even be an issue if we hadn’t put catalytic converters on cars in the first place.. :)

    1. Imainfidel says:

      now that is the most intelligent remark anyone has made on this subject.

  16. Igor says:

    Stop complaining, the theives are merely one of the 1.2 million jobs that were saved or created by the Obama administration. They are contributing to the economy by increasing demand for replacement converters and generating activity in the resale or recycling market. Now if they can get a health care waiver before the deadline, then hey unemployment in PA will fall by at least a 1/10 of a percent soon.

    1. JoePublic says:

      everything you say is right, except you have the wrong party. the problem is the socialists who believe that they can live off of other people since their constituents expect to get a handout for life. when they don’t get the other guys’ money from the government handout, or not enough, then they resort to stealing stuff. very common. no mystery there. the mystery is why you think it is the Republicans fault somehow. the convervative philosophy is to take individual responsibility for yourself, work hard, save your money and do well in life, and they resent the socialists who want to come and take their hard earned money so they can spend it on vote-buying schemes that amount to theft from the working group in order to bribe the loafing class.

  17. Fed up in LA says:

    Soo glad I drive a 1972 Chevy Nova
    No BS somg devices to steal
    No expensive computers to break down
    Insurance, tags and maintenance drit cheap

    1. Fed up in LA says:

      A simple idea is to gouge or spot weld your licence number all over your converter then it makes it that much harder for the theives to sell

      1. Bill says:

        Yeah, but not to remove.

  18. Willard says:

    Hope & Change. Coming to your neighboorhood in time.

    1. Scudbuster says:

      “in time” no time at all, it’s here now!

    2. johan says:

      I am doing a whole lot better now than I was under the previous administration.

  19. Smark says:

    So, while you were at work, earning your own keep in life, those that are probably getting a huge chunk of your earnings because they won’t work and pay taxes, stole a little more from you. They’re entitled. Shut up and go make some mo money for yo daddy Obama.

  20. Robert says:

    Wellcome to Obama’s world. We will all have to resort to these methods once his socialist agenda is fully implemented.

  21. Terry says:

    Must suck to get robbed twice; first by the cat thief then by the dealer for charging “$1,200 – $2,000” for a new one.
    I just replaced mine myself for $120 and about an hour of my time.

  22. Jon says:

    “Security is provided by local police departments in communities where stations are located.”

    Apparently not….

  23. grumpy says:

    So, people pay to park their cars and there’s no one there to keep an eye on this kind of activity?

    1. Anonymous says:

      I used to park my car at the Chester Transportation Center, until a couple of years ago, and take the Train into Center City and there is absolutely NO enclosure for your car. You park on a little side street, and then, there’s a group of parking slots over closer to the train tracks. I do know that the Chester Police ride around that area, but, not specifically to keep an eye on the vehicles that are parked there though. And from what I can see, there are no cameras in sight.

  24. SILII says:

    At what stations did these occur. Find it hard to believe they wouldn’t be seen in broad daylight.

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