Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Steal a catalytic converter, make 45 bucks

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.
5b2bdb1f4488b3000926ba87-original.jpg

Thefts of catalytic converters, according to one cop in El Segundo, have reached "epidemic" levels, the LA Times reports. Helpfully, the paper also includes instructions on how to go about stealing your own:

Some thieves use saws, but the preferred weapon in Southern California is a ratchet with a 14-millimeter socket. The thief crawls under the car and unfastens the bolts holding the converter, a process that accomplished crooks can complete in 90 seconds.

Catalytic converters contain a small amount of platinum, and go for $40-50 bucks as scrap. (Although in Ohio, they're getting $100 a pop).

Support for LAist comes from

If you're thinking of starting 2008 as a catalytic converter bandit, note that SUVs -- which are easier to scoot under -- make the best targets. If you're thinking that a high-volume parking area such as the Lakewood commuter lot might be a good place to start, you're not alone.

The employee lot at Mattel was hit, too, but those guys got busted. So watch out for surveillance cameras.