More Victims Of Car Part Thefts Come Forward

Posted at 7:53 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 20:54:22-05

A Nashville church had two of its vans vandalized by thieves who cut catalytic converters off of vehicles.

Celebration Christian Center pastor Dr. Monterey Lee found out about the theft when he tried to start up one of the vans in the beginning of November.

"I started one van and it made a very loud noise," said Lee. "I thought the muffler had gone out. I started the other van and it made the same noise. I realized something had happened to the vans. I looked underneath them and realized that the catalytic converters had been cut out."

Lee believes whoever did the work knew what they were doing. The cuts are very clean and it appears it didn't take that much time he said.

"They had to be doing it at about 2:00, 3:00 in the morning. So, really no one's around, no one's paying attention," said Lee.

The pastor didn't initially understand the full scope of the theft until he realized another business in his strip mall had also been targeted. A staff member with First Response Center confirmed one of their vans also had the catalytic converter taken.

"I went to another CDC (Community Development Corporation) they informed me what happened. Then I called another pastor and found out that it had happened to them at the same time," said Lee. "I'm like, who is this person and what's going on and why can't he be caught or stopped?"

Lee also spoke with the owners of a van and a bus that were targeted at An Array of Charm, a business that teaches manners to children.