Centralia Salvation Army Targeted Twice This Month in Catalytic Converter Thefts


The Salvation Army of Centralia has twice this month been targeted in thefts of catalytic converters from its vehicles.

In a post on Facebook, the nonprofit, which is located on North Gold Street, lamented the loss of the automotive parts.

“We are incredibly grieved to have experienced two catalytic converter thefts on our vehicles this month alone,” the nonprofit wrote. “We will continue to review camera footage and work with local law enforcement.  This is not a crime against The Salvation Army but rather against the many veterans, families and neighbors who utilize the services that are expressed through The Salvation Army. When large repairs/purchases have to be made to continue daily and essential operations it means that others lose out.”

The thefts are part of an ongoing wave of similar crimes as thieves target the parts throughout Western Washington due to the valuable metals they contain.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call The Salvation Army at 360-736-7336. The nonprofit is located at 303 N. Gold St., Centralia.


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Troy Houghtaling Sr

So were are they saling these? Everyone knows its going on. There is 3 major srapping yards in Centralia, Lacey, Vancover.

1. Its a crime to sell stolen items

2. Its a crime to buy a stolen item.

3. Its a crime to falsely sign a recycle slip.

So what is all the cops doing about this?

Monday, September 13
Jon Coulter

Registration and CWP of certain tools would help. Possession of a Saws-all without need for use in an occupation, possession of FRS radios by lookouts, all legal items used in illegal ways. Street justice such as the shooting and dragging death of a cat thief was justifiable homicide in my book. Recyclers have a lot to answer for.

5 days ago