Auto store hit by several thefts of catalytic converters

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GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Brad Fairchild, who works at Fairchild’s Auto Sales in Greenup County, is no stranger to catalytic converter theft, which costs hundreds to thousands of dollars to replace.

“Over the past five years, a total of 40 to 50 converters have been shut down,” Fairchild said.

However, in the past month alone, the business has been affected by nearly a dozen.

“In the last four weeks we’ve had about ten to twelve that have been stolen,” Fairchild said.

Surveillance video shows two men committing the thefts. Greenup County Sheriff Matt Smith said their car appeared to be a silver or gray Ford Escape with a UK tag on the front bumper.

“One was an older man – it looks like he maybe had white hair and a white beard in a British blue hat with a black leather jacket, then the other looked like maybe – be a little younger in your forties, fifties, “said Fairchild.

Fairchild says it looks like the culprits may be local, as he says they go before and after office hours and between patrols.

“I have a lot of sleepless nights,” Fairchild said.

The Greenup County Sheriff says anyone with details or thinks they’ve been spotted are encouraged to call the sheriff’s office. You can remain anonymous.

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