The Alpharetta Police Department has confirmed a string of thefts from cars at the MARTA Mansell Park and Ride, but this time the items aren't being taken from inside the vehicles.
“We have had a number of reported incidents lately whereupon catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles at the Mansell Road Park and Ride,” says George Gordon, the Alpharetta Public Safety Department's public information officer.
There have been 13 confirmed reports of catalytic converters stolen off of vehicles for the year to date.
The converter is part of a car's exhaust system and can be very valuable.
Jack Moore, with Christian Brothers Automotive in Alpharetta, said that precious metals build up inside the converter, making it a desireable item for thieves.
Moore says that when the economy is bad people will do drastic things to get money, selling them at scrap yards for cash.
Moore says you’ll know if your converter has been taken because your car will be very loud when you start the engine.
According to MARTA spokesperson Cara Hodgson, the Mansell Park and Ride falls under the Alpharetta Police Department’s jurisdiction and individuals should contact Alpharetta Police to report any suspicious activity or crime that occurs on the property.
“The MARTA Police Department (MPD) has been notified by the Alpharetta Police Department about their investigation of theft incidents at the Mansell Park and Ride,” said Hodgson, “MPD is offering assistance. However, this is not a MARTA Police investigation.”
Gordon agreed with her assessment.
"We would welcome the citizens to call us for any needed assistance. We do maintain a heavy presence in the area of Mansell," Gordon said.
There are some measures you can take to minimize your risk of theft including putting your valuables out of site, making sure your doors are locked and reporting suspicious behaviour to police.
“Property thefts usually go up for all jurisdictions when the economy is bad. However I surmise Alpharetta’s crime rate is very low when compared to comparable cities,” said Gordon.