May 20, 2022

Salina car stolen along I-135 found; catalytic converter missing

Posted May 20, 2022 3:59 PM

Salina Post

A car from Salina that had broken down on Interstate 135 in far southern Saline County Sunday night and was later stolen from the side of the highway has been recovered.

Saline County Undersheriff Brent Melander said this morning that the sheriff's office was notified Wednesday afternoon that the car had been located in the 400 block of Falun Road.

According to Melander, wires were removed from around the engine and the catalytic converter had been cut out and stolen.

The car was valued at $1,450, Melander said.

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In a legal opinion on May 26, 2021, Kansas Attorney General noted that "Catalytic converters are covered by the Scrap Metal Theft Reduction Act, so transactions involving their purchase by scrap metal dealers are regulated and must be reported to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation database."