Blotter: Thief steals catalytic converter from Cleveland church bus

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 17, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

CLEVELAND — Morning Star Baptist Church told Rowan Sheriff’s deputies someone stole a catalytic converter from a church bus.

The church, located at 175 Young Mountain Road, Cleveland, said sometime between April 11 and April 13, the catalytic converter had been removed from a 2009 Ford E350 bus that had been sitting in the church driveway. The church parked the bus there during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford said thieves typically target catalytic converters for the platinum. The metal is usually pawned. The damage was estimated at $1,000.

In other Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports

• Billy Speaks & Sons reported on Tuesday the business was the victim of vandalism in the 500 block of Cooper Road.

• A woman reported on Tuesday she was the victim of fraud while in the 600 block of Stone Road.

• A man reported on Tuesday someone broke into his property in the 400 block of Haynes Drive.