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Catalytic converters stolen from 22 school buses and fleet vehicles over the weekend

COURTESY PHOTO: UNSPLASH  - Reynolds School District official said it would take months before the damaged buses can be reparied. The Reynolds School District is reporting that 22 catalytic converters were stole from buses and fleet vehicles on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The theft and damages are valued at $70,000. Repairs are estimated to take months, primarily due to the short supply of catalytic converters.

"It is going to be several months before we can get these buses up and running again," said Steve Padilla, Reynolds School District's assistant director of public relations & partnerships. "As far as we know, there is only one (catalytic convertor) in the state of Oregon."

Luckily the district has a surplus of buses and will not have to rework any bus routes. Padilla said that there is still a lot of work that will have to be done in order to maintain its fleet.

"Having over 10 percent of our buses go out, we have to make sure the ones we have on routes are working properly," Padilla said.

Video was captured of the event and the district is working with the Multnomah County Sheriffs Office.

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