WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Earlier this March, Patch noted that police across New Jersey are observing a spike in catalytic converter thefts, with automobiles staying strike all through Central and North Jersey and even on the Rutgers campus.
Now law enforcement stated they charged a South River person with acquiring stolen catalytic converters.
The man was arrested previous Wednesday, March 23 at his spot of employment in Woodbridge. Law enforcement did not specify exactly where exactly in Woodbridge he functions. But they did say he performs as a getting supervisor.
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Jozef Kiszka, 42, of South River was billed with theft and obtaining stolen house. He was also billed with conspiracy to steal the converters.
Burglars slice off converters from the underside of vehicles and then generally promote them at a higher mark-up at either vehicle system outlets or junkyards.
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His arrest was led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s place of work, which has been executing a catalytic converter theft investigation for the previous quite a few months. The prosecutor suggests Kiszka procured several stolen catalytic converters from numerous people over the previous quite a few months, knowing they had been stolen.
Woodbridge Law enforcement served with the investigation and to make the arrest, stated the Bergen County Prosecutor.
A catalytic converter is discovered in a car’s undercarriage and it is created to minimize the pollutants and harmful gases the motor makes. Catalytic converters are built out of treasured metals, like platinum, and ideal now they can be re-sold at a extremely higher mark-up on the black current market. Palladium, another treasured metal used in converters, is also offering at an all-time higher correct now because of to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The challenge is so lousy that Rutgers campus police say they have amplified patrols of on-campus parking lots specifically because of the enhance in catalytic converter thefts.
He was produced on his own recognizance pending a initial physical appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court docket in Hackensack.
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