DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police are investigating stolen catalytic converters from buses at the Durham’s Boys and Girls Club.   

Staffers were forced to leave the center Tuesday afternoon in their personal cars to go pick up students.  

“Even though some of them have some older cars and mileage on their vehicles, they are working through it,” said Benay Hicks director of operations for the group.

She said that’s what they have to do to get children to the after-school location.  

On Monday, the bus drivers noticed something wrong.  

“The buses were making horrible noises,” Hicks said.  

CBS 17 has learned over the weekend, someone stole four catalytic converters from the two buses at the club. 

The buses are now at Bull City Radiator where they’ll get repaired.  

The repair shop owner, Corkey Payne, said he heard what happened and decided that he’s going to take care of it.  

He’s going to put the converters in the buses for free.  

“I’ve been in business since 1977 and you just have to give back to the community,” Payne said.  

Payne told CBS 17 thieves can make a quick $300 for each converter. 

However, it’s costing the victims so much more.

“They are ruthless,” he said. “They don’t care. There’s a van right there from Greystone Baptist Church that they stole a converter from. So they don’t care who they steal from, it doesn’t matter.” 

Now with the community’s help, Hicks said the Boys and Girls Club will save thousands of dollars. She hopes this doesn’t happen again. 

“It hurts us to know that someone would take that from us, but hopefully they either think twice next time or they get caught by police,” she said. 

Advanced Auto is going to pay for the four stolen converters. Those parts are expected to arrive late Thursday. 

Payne said his guys will fix the buses Friday so they can soon get back on the road.