Cat(alytic) Burglers

The LA Times is reporting that your catalytic converters are the target of platinum-loving thieves.

This holiday season has seen an explosion in thefts of expensive, platinum-laced catalytic converters from parked cars, and authorities report that high-clearance sport utility vehicles are the targets of choice for thieves.

With a common socket wrench and 90 seconds, they leave drivers stuck with cars that sound like Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and facing repair bills topping $1,000.

“It’s an epidemic. It’s everywhere,” said Lt. Bob Turnbull of the El Segundo Police Department.

Happy New Year!

3 Replies to “Cat(alytic) Burglers”

  1. Actually if your car is newer and you have comprehensive insurance you are out only your deductible and the rental is covered under the theft. The bill is lower but it still sucks.

  2. Another thing to worry about. Apparently there’s also a healthy market in stealing and re-selling the rear seats of king cab trucks right now. A friend of my roommate’s Silverado got de-seated recently.

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