School buses

An Omaha school bus company reported that catalytic converters were stolen from four buses last week.

An employee of Student Transportation of America told police that catalytic converters were taken from four full-sized buses. The theft occurred in the company’s lot at 8505 Crown Point Ave.

The stolen converters are valued at about $890 each, for a total cost of about $3,560. According to the report, the buses were in a fenced area, but an employee may have left the front gate unlocked.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas. Each catalytic converter contains small amounts of valuable metals such as platinum, palladium or rhodium and command a good price as scrap metal. — Kevin Cole

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