RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are warning residents that thieves may be out to steal parts from your car.
This past weekend, police say four catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles on Chamberlayne Avenue and Dill Avenues.
8News spoke with Pastor Grace Tolliver with Greater Brook Road Baptist Church Child Development Center on Chamberlayne. She said she discovered catalytic converters had been stolen from both of their vans early Thursday morning when she went to pick up children.
“I heard all that noise like the van was getting ready to blow up,” she said. “That’s why we thought it was the motor.”
Pastor Tolliver said the daycare was broken into a few weeks ago, but nothing was stolen. She estimated it would cost $1,500 to replace both of the stolen catalytic converters.
“I’m shocked and hurt,” she said. “We couldn’t use the vans to pick up kids.”
As a result, Pastor Tolliver said they will now be parking their vans in a secure location and add security cameras.
Catalytic converters can be worth more than $200 because of the metal types.
Police used this incident to remind residents to park in a well-lit area and to close building entrances when possible.