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Expensive car parts stolen near Orlando area theme park
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Two people were arrested for stealing expensive items from multiple cars near an Orlando theme park. See the full story below.

Multiple Car Parts Stolen

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Two 19-year-old men were arrested Sunday after stealing 30 catalytic converters from a Universal Orlando area hotel parking lot, according to Orlando Police. On Sunday, the Orlando Police Department received a call about two men removing converters from vehicles in a hotel parking lot.

The two were able to remove them in under two minutes, and in one instance about 40 seconds.

The catalytic converters were removed in under two minutes!

How They Were Captured

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Surveillance footage of the lot shows the suspects arriving in a black SUV. One suspect can be seen exiting, grabbing a tool and then removing a converter, while the other suspect waited in the driver seat.

Within a few hours of the initial call, officers were able to identify the suspects’ getaway car and what hotel room they were staying in with the converters.

Combatting Crime

Orlando Police Chief, credit: orlando.gov

It seems crime has increased in Orlando over the last few years. To combat theft, Orlando Police report they are increasing the number of unmarked to increase surveillance. Also, there are devices available to make catalytic converters more difficult to steal. Would you be willing to invest in one of these?

What Kind of Safety Measures Can You Take?

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When parking in public lots of any kind, please stay alert when going to and from your car. Do you lock your cars when parking in public places? What other safety measures do you take when parking at a theme park or other public places?

 Are you shocked that the catalytic converters can be removed so quickly? What safety measures do you take when parking at a theme park or other public places? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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