Dearborn YMCA Targeted by Catalytic Converter Thieves | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) –
Dearborn YMCA staff made an unfortunate discovery this morning.
“One of the vans was making a really loud noise,” said CEO Collette Huff. “They immediately assumed that the catalytic converter had been stolen.”
This turned out to be two pickup trucks that no longer had their catalytic converters. YMCA CEO Collette Huff says the thieves may have scaled the fence or made their way through the bottom with these cutting tools found near the vans. Unfortunately, this is something the YMCA is used to.
âIt’s happened at least three other times in the past two months,â Huff said. “They stole the catalytic converters from at least three of our vehicles. I think they got one twice.”
Huff says it costs between a thousand and seventeen hundred dollars to replace each catalytic converter. Every time that happens, it slows down their work in the community.
âWe use these vehicles to transport students to and from our school,â Huff said. “Parents really depend on us for this and we can’t do it if we’re constantly fixing vehicles.”
The YMCA is a non-profit organization, which means they don’t generate a lot of income. This makes repairs even more expensive, slowing down their work in the community.
âWe keep our programs free or affordable for the community because we want to make a difference, but that obviously doesn’t matter to the people who decided to come and vandalize our vehicles,â Huff said.
Currently, the YMCA is reviewing surveillance video to see if the theft was filmed. They are also interested in working with local businesses that can help them install anti-theft devices on their vans.