Stewartville, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Stewartville business is out an estimated $25,509 after it was reportedly hit by catalytic converter thefts for a second time. 

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Olmsted County Sheriff’s Captain James Schueller said deputies responded to business on the report of catalytic converters stolen off of seven vehicles shortly before 11:00 Tuesday morning. Schueller says the size of the vehicles that had the car part ripped off makes the theft more costly than regular catalytic converter thefts. The business is equipped with security cameras. Schueller says the estimated loss does not include labor costs. 

Olmsted County is enrolled in a catalytic converter registration program that offers vehicle owners a free registration kit for the car part. The registration process allows law enforcement to trace a recovered converter back to the vehicle it was stolen from. 

Earlier this summer Schueller issued a reminder for kit holders to register their kits with the state and said that prompted nearly a dozen new registrations. More information about the Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Pilot Program is available by clicking here.

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