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Piqua Man Celebrates 200 Stolen Catalytic Converters

PIQUA – Harley Burnquist, 54, of Piqua celebrated 200 stolen catalytic converters from local vehicles this past weekend.

From what we can tell, this is a new record, as nobody has publicly admitted to stealing this many catalytic converters.

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“Some just can’t respect the hustle. I’m just trying to make a living, and people get mad about that. So I would like to thank Rick Lumpstein for buying over 150 of these cats and supporting me from day one,” said Burnquist in an exclusive MCBC interview. 

Catalytic converter theft has been on the rise in Miami County, with 2022 on pace to nearly double the number of stolen parts in 2021, according to the Miami County Stolen Car Part Sales Bureau (MCSCPSB).

The MCSCPSB also states that the local price on catalytic converters has plummeted, due to a complete oversaturation in the market from traders like Burnquist.

“He’s stolen enough of them by himself to be solely responsible for the dropping prices. I know some buyers are pointing fingers at him and refusing to do business,” said Matthew Peinous of the MCSCPSB.

Burnquist does not intend to slow down, and believes he can double his number by the end of the year. 

“I keep getting better at what I do. This is my craft, my profession, and my passion. Why would I stop before I hit my prime? I still have a few years of stealing catalytic converters left in me, and I’m going to make the most of them, said Burnquist.

This is a developing story. The Miami County Bugle Caller recommends parking your car in a location with a security camera to scare away potential thieves. Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates.

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Mario Cheltingham

MCBC Business Insider Analyst. Former Muncie Business Journal Editor-In-Chief. Striving to create a more prosperous business climate.

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