MONMOUTH — Police here are investigating a string of catalytic converter thefts.

Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said five thefts were reported over the weekend in north and south Monmouth.

The cars were either parked on the street or in private driveways, Mulherin said.

Police are investigating, but Mulherin acknowledged there is little evidence to follow.

Replacing the converter can cost upwards of $2,000. Thieves can typically cut the converter out of a vehicle in less than five minutes and converters can fetch up to $200 at metal recycling centers. The theft often goes undetected until the owner starts the car.

“It’s a crime of ease,” Mulherin said.

Mulherin asked residents who notice a suspicious vehicle or circumstances to call Monmouth Police at 933-9089.

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