- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man jailed on charges he stole catalytic converters from two cars in a Pittsburgh-area commuter parking lot is suspected in up to 50 such thefts.

Ross Township police on Thursday charged 27-year-old Taylor Baldt, of Mars, with theft and receiving stolen property after his car was stopped near a park-and-ride lot. Commuters park in the lot in the suburb north of Pittsburgh and continue their commute into the city on buses.

Baldt was stopped because his vehicle matched the description of one seen near other recent thefts. Township police say Baldt is a suspect in dozens of other thefts.

Catalytic converters are often stolen and sold for scrap because the platinum and other rare metals used in the pollution control devices are valuable.

Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.

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