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North Columbus Man Ready to Move After Auto Part Thefts
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A North Side man wants to be released from his apartment lease because of a recent string of auto part thefts that has left with him with an expensive repair bill.
Jacob Harris must pay $500 to repair his SUV after thieves stole the vehicle's catalytic converter from the parking lot of the Governours Square apartment complex on W. Henderson Road.
"I can't drive it down the street like that, that's for sure," Harris said. "I'm going to get it fixed."
Harris -- who has lived at Governours Square for three years -- claimed thieves have stolen parts from his truck on multiple occasions over a three month span.
The number of auto parts thefts in Columbus has been rising over recent months, according to police.
"If people can steal something, they're going to steal it," Harris said. "This truck is a foot off the ground. You need a hack saw, and it's that easy."
Harris does not believe Governours Square operators are taking proper precautions to prevent thefts, or to assist in the identification of perpetrators.
"All you can do is call your insurance company," he said. "We have no cameras. We have no gates."
The incidents have convinced Harris to move to a home with a garage. Governours Square managers claimed they will allow him to break his lease if he pays a $1000 fee and provides them with a 60 day notice.
Police believe thefts of catalytic converters -- which are worth an estimated $100 at scrap yards -- are on the rise because of increased heroin usage in the city.