Why are thieves stealing Maruti EECO van silencers in Hubballi? Here’s an interesting story

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Hubballi: The Kasabapet police have nabbed two accused of stealing silencers from Maruti Eeco vans, and they have recovered 13 silencers from them.

The Kasabapet police have nabbed the accused after a rigorous search of two months as they used to target only Maruti Eeco vans. With the arrest of these two accused, the police have solved 11 cases of Eeco van silencer theft. Three cases were reported at Bendigeri, two at Vidyanagar and APMC Navanagar, and four at Kasabapet.

The gang used to steal the silencers of the said van in order to extract and sell the precious metal (Platinum) dust from the tubes of the silencers, said police.

Metal dust detected in silencers can fetch a high price. Metals found in silencers include platinum, palladium, and rhodium. The Maruti Suzuki Eeco silencer costs Rs 70,000 per unit. The gang used to sell the metal dust at a cost of Rs 30,000, said the police.

Sources in the department said that there is a big demand for the metal dust from these van exhaust pipes. Around 10 grams of rhodium, palladium dust can fetch Rs 3,000 in the market and it is yet to be verified.

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