Catalytic Converter Crooks Continue Chaos

Several vehicles have been vandalized in recent weeks by catalytic converter thieves targeting autos parked on residential streets. Police attribute growing trend to gangs and copycat criminals inspired by media attention.

Credit: AOL Autos via Oak Lawn Patch
Credit: AOL Autos via Oak Lawn Patch
It appears the growing trend of catalytic converter thefts that have plagued the city and suburbs shows no signs of abating. Several Burbank vehicles have been targeted in recent weeks by thieves looking for a quick payday. (Read Scrap Metal Thieves Target Catalytic Converters)

The Burbank Beat received two messages last month from readers reporting that they had been a victim of this type of crime. Burbank Police confirmed at least four cases of catalytic converters being stolen from automobiles in the early morning hours of Monday Jan. 20 through Tuesday, Jan. 21.

A search of the Police to Citizen (P2C) website revealed eight incidents of “theft of motor vehicle parts” in Burbank since Jan. 1, 2014.

Last month a victim in the 7700 block of South McVicker Ave. reported that his wife was awaken about 3:30 a.m. by her car alarm.

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Colleen February 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM
I hope that the police are asking the local or nearby scrap companies to call them when individuals come in with more than one converter. If they can't scrap them, they won't steal them.
Dana Pyzik February 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Colleen, I completely agree with you. Maybe it's time to create an ordinance that says only licensed repair shops are allowed to turn in more that one per month. Time for a little old fashioned regulating.
eric reicher February 10, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Catalytic converters contain rare earth metals (platinum-iridium catalyst, ceramic monolith or rhodium). The mining of platinum is federally regulated. I think our legislators should make stealing catalytic converters a federal crime. And to that end, all prisons should be erected where crops need to be picked. No more illegal aliens coming over the border. Make the prisoners pick crops 8 hours a day.


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