B. Mann of Echo Park could not figure out what the problem was with her Tacoma pick up truck earlier this week until a tow truck driver informed her that her catalytic converter had been stolen. Now, Mann, whose truck was parked near Allesandro Street and Berkeley Avenue when thieves struck Tuesday night, faces a $700 repair bill and is warning her neighbors – especially owners of trucks and SUVs – to be on the look out. Said Mann:
Apparently they target trucks and SUVs because they’re higher off the ground, so it’s easier to get in there and pull it out … It turns out this has become incredibly common.
Sgt. Danny Roman with the Northeast Division confirms those converters are not only “easy to remove, they are valuable.” An “after-market [converter] can easily cost $300 – $800 each.”