The Daviess County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police are urging the community to be on the lookout as catalytic converter thefts continue throughout Owensboro and Daviess County.
"It's important for all of us to be extra vigilant," KSP Trooper Corey King said.
According to law enforcement, there have been 10 reports of the stolen parts just since January.
"Most of these thefts occur in desolate areas, areas that may not be utilized as much, maybe an abandoned parking lot, perhaps churches," King said. "We have seen church vans unfortunately where they're parked for most every day except for Wednesdays and Sundays."
Most recently, three catalytic converters were reported stolen from UPS trucks in Owensboro and King said depending on the type of vehicle, that exhaust part can cost a couple thousand dollars to replace.
"Literally in a minute, minute and half or so, a couple of cuts and a snip of a wiring harness and you've just profited probably $150," he said.
Because of the various traffic corridors throughout the Tri-State, KSP investigators believe the converters are being stolen in Daviess County and being sold out of state.
"Take it right over the state lines, perhaps scrap it in a state or two away," King said. "At least the first of this year, we saw the majority of these thefts ranging from Evansville all the way down to Bowling Green or so."
Right now investigators are working off physical descriptions to find the thieves, but believe they're canvassing the area before they strike.
"Just take note of it and that would help us in the long run. If you can get a license plate that's great," King said. "Don't confront them, just let us know as soon as you see something suspicious."