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Miami-Dade couple caught stealing catalytic converter as thefts like this continue to rise

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Catalytic converters reside underneath the hood of your car and are part of your exhaust system and control emissions. They are a particualarly expansive aspect of your vehical as they consist of several precious metals. According to AutoZone, your catalytic converter contains precious metals like platinum, rhodium, and palladium.

With expensive mateirals like that sitting right under a small sheet of metal in every car in a driveway, many people have taken to removing the mechanism and selling off the parts.  Often times a stolen catalytic converter can be sold for over $1000.

In Miami-Dade, Police arrested a man and woman Monday in a catalytic converter theft at a medical center that happened just one week ago, Local 10 reports.

Daisy Marie Vandeusen and Andrew Martinez are being charged for multiple felonies regarding the theft.

Leon Medical Centers, located at 7950 NW 2nd St., submitted securtiy footage of the couple driving up to the victim’s pickup truck in a rental car, exiting the vehicle and stealing the truck’s catalytic converter.

Police were able decern the license plate number of the couple’s car, track them down and arrest them on 5/18, just one day after the crime.

Both Vandeusen and Martinez are faced with felony charges of third-degree grand theft of motor vehicle parts.

In Florida, such charges will put offenders in jail for up to five years, under Under Section 812.014, Florida Statutes.