HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)– The Holyoke Police Department (HPD) is looking for the public’s help in identifying persons involved in catalytic converter thefts.

In a news release sent to 22News, the HPD is investigating multiple thefts of catalytic converter thefts in the city. They are looking for descriptions of suspects, suspects vehicle information. They ask residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods or parking lots of businesses.

It only takes minutes for a thief to get under your car and steal it but trying to sell them to a reputable junkyard easily tips off police, according to Ed Malikowski at Mal Brother’s Autobody. He said catalytic converters can be worth thousands, even if it no longer works.

However, he said thieves likely wouldn’t pick a reputable scrapyard because you have to give your driver’s license information. He also said the average person does not bring in a catalytic converter for scrap.

“A common John Doe walks in with five or six converters and tries to get rid of them at a legitimate scrap pile… he doesn’t stand a chance. Probably before he even exits the building or the area, the police will be there,” said Malikowski.

To protect yourself from having your catalytic converter stolen, he recommends keeping your car in your garage or getting motion sensor lights for your home.

Anyone that has information on a catalytic converter theft should contact the Holyoke Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at (413)322-6900. 

Information can also be shared by using Text A Tip; it is an anonymous message system.

TEXT- A -TIP: Text Solve plus message (include City/Town) to 274637 on your cell phone, text the information you want to send, send the text and text END to complete message.