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19 Catalytic Converters Stolen In Northern NJ

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (credit: 1010 WINS/Steve Sandberg)

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (credit: 1010 WINS/Steve Sandberg)

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WAYNE, N.J. (AP) – Police said someone stole 19 catalytic converters from a car dealership in northern New Jersey.

The thefts happened between 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 9 a.m. Friday at the Hyundai dealership on Route 23 in Wayne.

Police Capt. James Clarke told The Record newspaper the pollution-reduction devices are valued at $28,000.

Officials said the converters are sold for scrap because they contain a small amount of platinum.

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