Crook steals catalytic converter in parking lot at Springfield-Branson National Airport
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Con artists are brazen when it comes to stealing catalytic converters. The last targeted area has security and its own police force. The crook has always committed the crime.
“It was deafening. I like rock and roll music played loudly. I felt like I was in the Indianapolis 500 when I rode it, ”said Ed Huff.
Huff’s Ford excursion wasn’t how he left it at Springfield-Branson National Airport.
“As a consumer, you pay to leave your vehicle in what you think is a safe and secure parking lot, then you go home and your catalytic converter is stolen. I wouldn’t want that for anyone, ”he said.
He paid almost $ 30 to park in a long-term parking lot. Then there is a repair bill for $ 1,800.
“Who has $ 1,800 for an auto repair? What you haven’t done, ”he said.
Theft is popular because of the value of different metals in a converter. Right now, airport workers tell On Your Side that Huff is the only recent report.
“That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be more cars, but keep in mind that not all owners come back at the same time. We might find out in a week or two that we’ve had a cluster of flights, ”said Kent Boyd of Springfield-Branson National Airport.
Airport workers say the camera closest to Huff’s vehicle failed to detect the crime.
“A lot of people think that if they park in an airport parking lot, their car needs to be very secure. This is really not the reality. At airports across the country, since September 11, the focus has been on aircraft and passenger safety. This is our main focus, ”Boyd said.
Why the fees?
“There are parking fees that help run the airport. You don’t pay for absolute security. It’s like any other parking lot in town, ”Boyd said.
How can you become less of a target?
Always park your car in a visible place.
If that sounds like a pain, but mark your converter with your vehicle’s VIN.
If yours is stolen, report it to the police even if you have little information. Typically, the criminals hit a few places, you can help solve the case.
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