A disproportionate share of catalytic converter thefts happen in California. Here’s what lawmakers are trying to do about it, and why one law-enforcement backed approach didn’t make it out of Sacramento.
California is trying to eliminate the black market for stolen catalytic converters by forcing recyclers to keep detailed records and making it illegal to buy from anyone other than licensed dealers.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters and leading Huntington Beach police on a vehicle chase that resulted in a fiery crash, authorities said today.
For the most part, catalytic converter thieves can net anywhere between a few hundred dollars and $1,000 for a single device.
Police are taking sign-ups for the event where crews will engrave a vehicle’s VIN or license plate number on its catalytic converter to deter thieves from taking it.
An increase in thefts of a specific car part in the city’s East Division has prompted authorities to alert residents to be on the lookout for individuals crawling underneath vehicles, or other suspicious activity.