Thieves try to steal $65K in catalytic converters from Fort Thomas Jeff Wyler dealership

FORT THOMAS, Ky. – Some bold thieves tried to pull off a crime Friday night that was too big for them to handle in one trip.

Fort Thomas police are looking for suspects they say tried to steal 50 to 60 pound catalytic converters and particulate filters from brand new diesel trucks at a Jeff Wyler dealership at about 2 a.m. on March 21.

“They took 10 items all together,” said Sgt. Casey Kilgore with the Fort Thomas police. “They are so big and heavy (they) hid eight of them in the woods.”

Detectives believe the thieves were planning to return to the dealership to take the remaining items. They cut through fencing to get to the trucks located at 100 Alexandria Pike.

Kilgore said the total loss to the dealership is estimated at $65,000. The newer, larger converters contain platinum in them, he added.

“They are either going to take them apart and take out the precious metal, or take them somewhere and try to sell them,” Kilgore said.

Kilgore said he would be surprised if the thieves tried to straight out sell the converters to a scrap yard since they are so large and new.

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