A Rochester man was arrested in Iowa on Friday for allegedly trying to steal catalytic converters from cars.

Howard County, Iowa, sheriff’s deputies were called to Lime Springs on Friday afternoon for a report of people trying to remove catalytic converters from cars there.

Tyler Jeffrey Schacherer was taken into custody Friday afternoon. Deputies executed a search warrant for his car and found seven catalytic converters in his possession.

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Schacherer was charged with second-degree possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal mischief, according to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.

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Rochester police and car repair shops have reported an uptick in catalytic converter thefts in the past year.

Catalytic converters contain trace amounts of valuable metals, and are removed from the underside of cars by thieves and sold for scrap.