The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate a series of theft crimes that involved 11 catalytic converters, according to an article by WCIA.
Police reports provided the following details concerning these catalytic converters thefts:
Seven thefts occurred in the 600 block of North Sixth Street;
Three thefts occurred in the 2500 block of Prairie Crossing Drive; and
One theft occurred in the 2900 block of Rochester Road.
Police estimate that the total value of these stolen catalytic converters approximates $28,000. These thefts are part of a nationwide increase in similar crimes since 2019. In this time period, State Farm Insurance reported that catalytic converter thefts had increased by more than 400%.
While the police investigation into these thefts continues, it seems like an opportune moment to review the Illinois laws and penalties for theft crimes.
Theft Laws in Illinois
The Illinois laws against theft appear at 720 ILCS 5/16-1[...]