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Friday, March 31, 2023

Palm Tran races to cover routes after dozens of catalytic converter thefts

Monday’s Palm Tran service is a little sluggish. 33 catalytic converters from automobiles were stolen over the weekend by criminals.

Palm Tran is thus struggling to fill routes and managing delays.

Authorities claim that a catalytic converter may be severed in under 15 seconds if the proper equipment is used.

Due of their value, people keep stealing these items. Because they include precious metals, they are costly to sell, said to Ron Katz, owner of Midas of West Palm Beach.

Palm Tran is aware of the price associated with needing to purchase new catalytic converters. Catalytic converters from 33 cars were taken over the weekend by criminals, who targeted the public transportation system.

To give you a sense of how crucial this is, according to Palm Tran, it transports elderly to meal locations, children to school, and individuals to the doctor, among other destinations, and has 32 routes with 35,000 daily passengers.

If people utilize the service, maybe consider finding other transportation or simply prepare for some delays, said Palm Tran employee Joe Harrington.

According to Harrington, Palm Tran has mended 22 cars and expects to finish the other ones by Wednesday.

As a strategy to attempt to have enough cars to offer the service we know we need to do on Monday, Harrington stated, “We are actively seeking for alternative catalytic converters and looking for extra vehicles that could be at other places.”

According to Katz, he has been in touch with Palm Tran and is assisting them in their search for catalytic converters.

“I spoke with Ford directly. Ford has 10 available around the country. They have all been reserved. 600 items are backordered, according to Katz.

Call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS if you have any information about the thefts.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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