BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Brevard Humane Society said one of its adoption buses, used to help animals find new families, was targeted for its catalytic converter earlier this month.

What You Need To Know

  • Two men captured on video stealing catalytic converter from Brevard Humane Society's adoption bus

  • The National Insurance Crime Bureau say this type of crime is sweeping the nation

  • People melt down the metal piece and sell the platinum for $1,200 an ounce

  • The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is still searching for those responsible for the theft

Officials with the humane society said their security camera captured two men stealing the metal piece. One man kept watch while the other cut the converter from under the mobile bus.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, this is a crime is sweeping the nation. Officials with the NICB say people are melting down the metal and selling the platinum for $1,200 an ounce on the black market. People can also get $50 to $250 for the converters at recycling facilities, the NICB said.

Thankfully, Mercedes Benz of Melbourne donated and installed a new catalytic converter on the Brevard Human Society bus.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said they are still searching for the suspected thieves and asks anyone with information to call them at (321) 253-6658.

Two other nonprofits also had their buses’ catalytic converters stolen recently, according to the sheriff’s office.