Catalytic converter, power tools seized during search of a Kennewick residence

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — While investigating a string of auto thefts and related incidents across their jurisdiction, police officers seized a handful of power tools, blades and a catalytic converter from a Tri-Cities residence.

According to a social media alert from the Kennewick Police Department, this was the culmination of a developing investigation by KPD detectives. Their findings led them to serve a search warrant at a residence on E 3rd Ave.

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Upon entry, they located several items related to the removal and theft of catalytic converters including power tools and associated blades. They even recovered what they suspect to be a stolen catalytic converter in the structure.

Despite this revelation, KPD investigators have opted to keep the identity of their suspect private as they work to establish more evidence related to the case. However, if you or someone you know had a catalytic converter stolen off a vehicle, you’re urged to contact the Kennewick Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch line at (509) 628-0333.

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The precious metals used in catalytic converters are a finite resource, making them quite valuable. In recent years, there has been a major spike in the removal and theft of these devices across the United States. State lawmakers have aimed to address the issue during recent legislative sessions.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details come to light.

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