Sierra Martin | Managing Editor
UPDATE 1:14 PM: All routes are back in service.
According to the City of San Marcos, last night the San Marcos CARTS station was targeted by thieves who stole ten catalytic converters from ten busses. The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is investigating the theft.
San Marcos CARTS transit service for routes 2/3 and 6/7 have been suspended temporarily. Route 1, Route 4, and Route 5 will run as usual. Paratransit service will be available for essential trips.
“This is an evolving situation and additional busses are in the process of being acquired to minimize the impact on our community. Updates to route schedules will be posted on the City’s social media accounts as they become available,” the city released in a statement.
In early February, SMPD reported an increase in catalytic converter thefts in the city, with 301 being stolen since January 2019. SMPD said they are stepping up their efforts to reduce thefts and catch the offenders responsible.