Catalytic converters stolen from Mr. Ding-A-Ling Ice Cream
For more than 40 years, Mr. Ding A Ling’s Ice Cream not only rang bells in neighborhoods, it created life long memories in our hearts.
Those memories are now on a stiff pause.
One of the delivery trucks had its catalytic converters stolen overnight.
“Well, we were ready to deliver the ice cream to Middletown, New York, so that kind of put that on hold, Mr. Ding A Ling said.
The two catalytic converters were stolen from his delivery truck shortly after 11 p.m.
The truck is used to deliver ice cream across the region, but that operation is entering a hiatus.
Recently, Gov. Kathy Hochul passed a new law earlier this week to crack down on catalytic converter theft.
The Gov. signed the bill to stop the purchasing and selling of catalytic converters.
The converters help reduce airborne pollutants that could harm people and the environment.
The parts go for $200 to $300 dollars a piece on the street, but the cost to replace them is $1,600-$1,900.
“Their 1,600 dollars a piece, but they’re already on back order. they don’t know how long it’ll take for me to get the converters,” Mr. Ding A Ling said.
Mr. Ding A Ling remains in great spirits.
He said he hopes to be back out making delivers in November.