COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new cases of valuable car parts stolen from vehicles in Ottawa County after a spike in the same crime last year. In the latest incidents, investigators say thieves stole catalytic converters from half a dozen cars at park-and-ride lots in Coopersville and Nunica earlier this week.
Those who know what to look for can turn what looks like trash into treasure. Managers of KLW Recycling in Holland Township buy and sell scrap metal. Unfortunately, thieves have also discovered the value of a catalytic converter.
"Some people might just see it as an easy way to make money," says Andy Swett, plant manager for KLW Recycling.
Because of recent changes to state law, scrap dealers are no longer allowed to pay cash for big purchases.
"Send a check in the mail for any items over $25, and that's going to be the catalytic converters," says Swett.