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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: coachallentca] #13963498 04/17/21 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by coachallentca
My neighbor had his stolen off his car right in front of his house at 3:00am ..Guess it does not take long to steal.. Also heard of someone trying to steal on during the night.. He jacked up the car but the jack failed and crushed him.. He won't steal no more..

His momma probably sued the jack company.... roflmao

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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: grout-scout] #13963536 04/17/21 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by grout-scout
So I would have to assume that they use a sawzall, how are other people around the ramp not hearing this racket being made? Those ramps are bound to be busy.


Most of them are not busy at all for hours at a time.


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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: coachallentca] #13963537 04/17/21 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by coachallentca
My neighbor had his stolen off his car right in front of his house at 3:00am ..Guess it does not take long to steal.. Also heard of someone trying to steal on during the night.. He jacked up the car but the jack failed and crushed him.. He won't steal no more..


They average about 30 seconds per vehicle. bolt


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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: toddfish] #13963539 04/17/21 03:33 AM
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If you drive a Tundra you are 1st on the hit list. They have 4 of them and they are the prime target. Rhodium has gone to over 2100 bucks an ounce. That is the target. Met a guy who had his 4 stolen off his tundra couple of weeks ago


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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: toddfish] #13963540 04/17/21 03:33 AM
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I followed a truck on 635 that had hundreds in the bed of the truck. They were 5 foot high in the bed. I called the cops and they said there was nothing they could do. Not willing to send a car out to pull them over and Didn't want the license plate number.


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Originally Posted by outfishdya
I followed a truck on 635 that had hundreds in the bed of the truck. They were 5 foot high in the bed. I called the cops and they said there was nothing they could do. Not willing to send a car out to pull them over and Didn't want the license plate number.


That is total BS. That dispatcher should be fired

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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: 4Weight] #13963549 04/17/21 03:41 AM
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I followed a truck on 635 that had hundreds in the bed of the truck. They were 5 foot high in the bed. I called the cops and they said there was nothing they could do. Not willing to send a car out to pull them over and Didn't want the license plate number.


That is total BS. That dispatcher should be fired


It is, but they didn't catch them in the act, and no way to identify them where they came from.


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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: 4Weight] #13963551 04/17/21 03:42 AM
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Originally Posted by 4Weight
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I followed a truck on 635 that had hundreds in the bed of the truck. They were 5 foot high in the bed. I called the cops and they said there was nothing they could do. Not willing to send a car out to pull them over and Didn't want the license plate number.


That is total BS. That dispatcher should be fired

I thought it was odd. This was about 4 years ago, I had just learned about the high theft rate on them . Apparently they can not be .inked back to a vehicle. Maybe we should require a vin number put on them


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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: toddfish] #13963561 04/17/21 04:04 AM
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Our business vehicles got hit - every vehicle that sat on premise overnight. We'd get hit again I'm sure except that we had steel caging welded in over the newly installed converters. We learned from the cops that they can't really do anything unless they catch someone in the process of removing one of them. They aren't a controlled item, so any story on how they came to have a pile of converters will work. We've even read of a warehouse bay being found with hundreds of them. They're untraceable, so there aren't a lot of legal options.

Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: toddfish] #13963573 04/17/21 04:17 AM
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There is an aftermarket plate that can be installed to cover them up.
I will be getting one. Not gonna stop them if they really want them but would deter most thiefs.

Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: big mike] #13963578 04/17/21 04:20 AM
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There is an aftermarket plate that can be installed to cover them up.
I will be getting one. Not gonna stop them if they really want them but would deter most thiefs.

Ours are welded in quite substantially. They'll need some time and determination to get to it, and it isn't worth what it would take with ours.

Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: toddfish] #13963582 04/17/21 04:22 AM
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I’m sure each brand cost is different, but if they are approximately $400ea, how much money do these little scumbags get for them? Are they re-selling them to ghetto shops or are they stripping the inside out of the converters? For example, is there a shop on the bad side of town that’s advertising used catalytic converters?

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Originally Posted by grout-scout
I’m sure each brand cost is different, but if they are approximately $400ea, how much money do these little scumbags get for them? Are they re-selling them to ghetto shops or are they stripping the inside out of the converters? For example, is there a shop on the bad side of town that’s advertising used catalytic converters?

The shell gets discarded after the chemical contents is removed. They are stealing them only for that chemical content. I'm drawing a blank on what's in there that's so valuable. This is like stealing your AC unit or your wire for the copper salvage. They pay nothing for your converter, so if they get $20 for it, they made $20.

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Originally Posted by Flippin-Out
Originally Posted by grout-scout
I’m sure each brand cost is different, but if they are approximately $400ea, how much money do these little scumbags get for them? Are they re-selling them to ghetto shops or are they stripping the inside out of the converters? For example, is there a shop on the bad side of town that’s advertising used catalytic converters?

The shell gets discarded after the chemical contents is removed. They are stealing them only for that chemical content. I'm drawing a blank on what's in there that's so valuable. This is like stealing your AC unit or your wire for the copper salvage. They pay nothing for your converter, so if they get $20 for it, they made $20.

It used to be platinum. From 4Weight's post, I guess it's now rhodium. They are probably just getting pennies on the dollar for whatever catalyst they're getting out of them and spending it on meth


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Re: catalytic converter thefts [Re: toddfish] #13963960 04/17/21 03:26 PM
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Wow I have never heard of this. Dang thief's.. but as far as doing it and being quite. A tube cutter would be quite and quick. I replaced a muffler on an old truck I had years ago. A tubing cutter made it easy.

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