Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has come out in support of state Senator Sandra Cunningham’s (D-31) bill to limit the sale of catalytic converters after a rash of thefts in the Peninsula City.
“Bayonne and other Hudson County communities have been hit by a rash of catalytic converter thefts from cars. Thieves have been stealing these devices and selling them for their precious metal parts,” Davis said in a statement.
“We have to crack down on these sales by passing the tough new legislation that has been introduced by State Senator Sandra Cunningham. Her bill would make it illegal to purchase the parts unless they were still attached to the vehicle, or the seller had legitimate ownership papers, or the seller was a proper auto parts dealer or genuine automotive repair company. We need to make it a lot harder for crooks to make money by stealing car parts from our hard-working residents.”
Their were five catalytic converter thefts reported in Bayonne during about a roughly six-hour time frame on Saturday, which came about four weeks after a Chicago man was caught trying to steal a catalytic converter in Union City.
That marked the debut of the North Hudson Catalytic Converter Task Force, which includes members of the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, along with the Union City, North Bergen, Weehawken, and West New York Police Departments.