Thieves hit up high school, stealing student's catalytic convert - KCTV5

Thieves hit up high school, stealing student's catalytic converters

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Thieves hit as many as six cars in the Blue Valley Northwest High School parking lot, ripping off catalytic converters.

Kyle Coffelt, a senior at the high school, said he parked his car in the student parking lot just as he's done every day.

"I had to park in the very back row," he said.

Just two hours later he noticed something was very wrong.

"I started my car and it started to sound like a go-cart, kind of just (makes noise). It got really, really loud. So I start my car and I'm like, ‘whoa, what's going on here?'" Coffelt said.

So he did what any good teen would do – he dialed mom.

"We looked under the car and took a picture," he said.

They then called a friend who's familiar with cars and that friend gave them the bad news.

"There were two pipes, they each had a hole in them, it was so obvious someone had sawed both sides of it," Coffelt said.

Someone had sawed of the catalytic converters from Coffelt's and five other people's cars. It's part of the car's exhaust system and is a pod of precious metals containing platinum, palladium and rhodium.

At a metal scrap yard, it could get a person between $50 and $200. But for Coffelt, it's going to cost about $1,300 to get his replaced.

He said the school resource officer told him they do have a camera in the area and they will check to see if it picked up any of the thefts. The school district said they'll be in contact with all the victims and police.

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