Officials: Thieves steal catalytic converters from Hoboken shuttle buses; service restored

Popular bus service the Hop is fully restored in Hoboken, just a day after it was halted due to catalytic converter thefts.

News 12 Staff

Oct 28, 2022, 9:46 AM

Updated 624 days ago

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Popular bus service the Hop is fully restored in Hoboken, just a day after it was halted due to catalytic converter thefts.
The Hop shuttle is a free city service -- three routes that usually operate all day to get people around town. The service was stopped Thursday because thieves apparently broke into the city's DPW yard and stole catalytic converters from five of the buses. 
The theft was discovered when drivers tried to start the buses early Thursday morning.
“It's a form of organized crime where groups go out and hit a town, five catalytic converters, it takes just a few minutes - that’s all it takes, it's happening everywhere,” says Hoboken Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante.
Each converter is worth thousands, but there is no jail time because it's a nonviolent crime, which is part of why it’s become so trendy of a crime.
Originally, it was believed service would be down all week, but crews managed to get and install all the converters and get the service fully restored this morning.


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