Reward offered in theft of catalytic converters from Pittstown business

September 10, 2019 11:17 PM

PITTSTOWN - There is a sophisticated security system with a lot of cameras at Upstate Auto Sales on Route 7 in Pittstown. They also have some helpful neighbors. 

"Last night, I get a call from Route 7 Auto Parts, and he heard a bunch of banging over this way," said owner Joe Carista. 


Someone cut out a catalytic converter from under a Ford truck.

"The junkyards are paying roughly $705 for those converters right now," said Carista. 

It's happened at least three times here in the past week alone. 

Video from 5 a.m. Friday shows a man carrying something that could be a saw, sneaking around, ducking down, and darting from truck to truck. 

NewsChannel 13 saw state police at the business on Tuesday gathering evidence.      

This isn't the first time that this business has been hit. Ten years ago, thieves made off with more than 40 catalytic converters. Police made three arrests and this family paid out a big reward. 

"We just have to spend more time on the lot patrolling it," said Carista. "Last time when it happened we spent approximately three months, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week here patrolling it on different shifts."

Carista thinks it should be more difficult for criminals to be able to sell stolen parts. 

"I would like to see that they have to have a title for each one, and they get paid in a check, have to have ID, and these companies have to hold the cats for a week before they take them to wherever they go," he said. 

The family is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. 

Anyone with any information can call New York State Police in Brunswick at (518) 279-4426.


Kumi Tucker

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