MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Morrison County are investigating after seeing a spike in car part thefts.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office said it has received several reports of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles parked outside. A catalytic converter is a critical component of a vehicles’ exhaust and emission system.

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According to the sheriff’s office, these incidents are happening throughout the county and are being reported at businesses, as well as residences.

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Officials say several other law enforcement agencies are seeing a spike in catalytic converter thefts too.

The sheriff’s office is reminding the public to stay vigilant if you park your car outside.

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If you have information regarding these thefts you are asked to call the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office at 320-632-9233.