GAITHERSBURG, Md. (DC News Now) — Police said they were trying to find two men who appeared at a home on Congress Drive with a jack and power tools, lifted a vehicle parked in the homes driveway, and stole the catalytic converter on Friday, July 29, 2022 around 4:35 a.m.,

Officers released video from the victim’s security camera showing the two men lifting the car and removing the converter before leaving the scene. They released the video in hopes of identifying the people seen in it. One of the suspects is clearly visible; the other remains in shadow.

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise around the DMV, with insurance claims jumping more than 300% from 2019 to 2020 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Catalytic converters contain precious metals such as Rhodium, Palladium, and Platinum which fetch a high price on the open market. They are even more valuable than gold.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or this crime is asked to call the 4th District PIU at 240-773-5522. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).