Two local men were arrested this week in Orrington for allegedly stealing catalytic converters.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office located a suspicious vehicle near an address on River Road in Orrington at approximately 6:44 Friday morning. Inside the vehicle were two men, a 43-year-old from Bucksport and a 48-year-old from Stockton Springs. After an on-scene investigation, deputies also located a suspected stolen catalytic converter and the tools that were used to remove it.

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Both men were charged with receiving stolen property and possession of burglar's tools. The catalytic converter and tools were seized . Officials encourage anyone whose catalytic converter has been stolen to contact their local law enforcement agency to report the theft.

Thieves can collect as much as $1,500 for a stolen catalytic converter, as the device contains precious metals. The Penobscot County SO says these thefts remain a serious issue through the state, victimizing many, and costing citizens thousands of dollars, as well as plenty of aggravation.

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