The Bismarck-Mandan area has seen an increase in catalytic converter thefts recently, according to the Mandan Police Department. And local tire stores are collaborating in a program to help deterring the thefts.
Northwest Tire in Mandan and Bismarck, Mandan Tire and Bismarck Tire are holding free catalytic converter engraving events, this month and next.
The automotive shops will engrave an identification number onto the converter. If it is stolen, the marking will help alert scrap purchasers and law enforcement that it may be stolen.
Police officers will be at the engraving events to provide theft prevention tips and answer any questions the public has regarding the converter thefts.
Inside a catalytic converter are three valuable metals: Platinum, rhodium and palladium. Extracting those metals in large enough quantities can prove profitable for thieves. According to law enforcement officials, stolen catalytic converters can often sell for up to $150 each, depending on the size of the converter.
Converter engraving programs were recently started in the Minot and Fargo areas, and are now starting in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
Here’s a rundown of which businesses are doing the free engraving, along with dates, times and addresses for the events:
Northwest Tire – Mandan: 422 East Main Street. Tuesdays, June 22, June 29, and July 6. They will do the engraving from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and will have hot dogs and snacks available during that time.
Northwest Tire – Bismarck: Wednesday, June 23 at 1605 E Bismarck Expressway; Wednesday, June 30 at 3601 French Street, and Wednesday, July 7 at 1001 Weiss Ave. They will do the engraving from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and will have hot dogs and snacks available during that time.
Mandan Tire: 910 East Main Street. Thursdays, June 17, June 24, July 1 and July 8. Mandan Tire will hold its event from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. They will have hotdogs and popcorn during the event.
Bismarck Tire: 503 North 4th Street. Thursdays, June 17, June 24, July 1 and July 8. Bismarck Tire will hold its event from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. They will have hotdogs and popcorn during the event.