ECHO PARK — An Echo Park truck owner named John was one of victims of catalytic converter thieves who were busy cutting away the valuable auto part (which contain precious metals) from neighborhood vehicles this week. John, who lives on Echo Park Avenue near Avalon Street, said he discovered the theft when he started up his Toyota Tundra on Wednesday morning:
I woke up yesterday morning to a truck that sounded like 8 Harley’s with short pipes. They literally cut my two catalytic converters out of my exhaust system. I usually park in my driveway, behind a gate but didn’t on Tuesday night. In the morning they were gone. It really sucks, because replacing them is going to cost around $1200.00! The cops said ‘yeah, its happening a lot.’ The car parts guys said ‘yeah its happening a lot.’ I wish I had known!”
Meanwhile, catalytic converters thieves were apparently at it again early Thursday morning in Elysian Heights near Lemoyne and Cerro Gordo streets, according to an email be shared by neighbors. In the email passed along to The Eastsider, a resident said she called 911 at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday “after hearing a loud sawing sound outside my house.” She assumed someone was stealing hubcaps. Turns out they were going after catalytic converters. “Be aware and be active with your neighbors!!” the email said.