Auto dealer catches alleged thief on camera

Auto dealer catches alleged thief on camera

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Polhill believes this is the man stealing catalytic converters. Source: Video surveillance Polhill believes this is the man stealing catalytic converters. Source: Video surveillance
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The owner of a car dealership in Jefferson County is taking action against someone he says is a thief.

Frank Polhill says the man isn't stealing cars, but catalytic converters. He says the thefts have been happening for about two years but it wasn't until recently that he installed security cameras at the dealership.

Just this past weekend, Polhill says he caught a man walking around the lot overnight. He drives onto the lot in a light colored Ford Mustang and his clothing makes him look like a mechanic.

Polhill says his cameras catche the man parking near a vehicle. The man gets out and ducks underneath the other vehicle. The man then makes his way to the garage where he ducks under another vehicle.

"Somebody out there is going to know who he is," Polhill said.

A catlytic converter is part of a vehicle's exhaust system, and Polhill says while thieves can get about $50, it costs his business and his customers a lot more.

"Not only has he taken the catalytic converter, he's ruined the down pipe, part of the exhaust system," Polhill. "And this part of the exhaust system is the muffler system. So he's ruined that. [It costs] anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 easily to fix what he's done."

Polhill is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest. If you have information in this case, you are urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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