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Presence of platinum makes catalytic converters valuable


Dear Editor,

To correct Officer Bosma in your July 23 'Catalytic converters stolen from vehicles' article, the converters are being stolen for the platinum that's inside of them, NOT their weight in scrap metal value. Platinum at the current rate is $1,776 per troy ounce. Also, they are made of aluminum, not steel like he also reported. Please tell me this is not the same officer who was trying to get the taxpayers to lease a motorcycle to cruise around on. That had to have been a joke...right? Thank you,

Editor's note: Almont Police Chief Pat Nael broached the idea of a motorcycle patrol last February. He suggested it would represent a cost savings compared to regular patrol car usage based on gasoline consumption, maintenance costs, etc. At the time, Nael said a local distributor was prepared to lease a road-ready Harley to the township at an annual cost of $750, not including insurance. The Almont Township Board rejected the proposal.

Greg Taylor, Allenton
July 30, 2008

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