ATWATER VILLAGE — The car alarm on Lindsey Ferguson’s Honda Element went off early Monday morning. What was going on? She soon discovered that thieves had sawed off the catalytic converter from her vehicle while it was parked on Glenhurst Avenue near Glendale Boulevard. It’s the second time Ferguson’s converter has been stolen, and now she wants to warn her neighbors about the crime. “The police say it has been happening a lot lately so maybe we just keep a eye out for each other,” Ferguson said.
Catalytic converters contain platinum and other precious metals, making them an attractive target. The Honda Element sits high, making it easier to get underneath and saw off the converter, police have said.
Ferguson provided details of the crime:
They hacked it off at 230am, Monday morning while my car alarm was going off! Ha! I installed an alarm after the first time but that did not stop them. I was in a well lit area. My neighbor said she looked out the window and saw a gold car when my alarm was going off but did not tell me until the next day. I pretty much feel like a sitting duck.
Ferguson said the police suggested getting a “CatClamp,” which is supposed to offer more protection. But when she took her Element to the Honda dealer for repairs, employees told her that thieves just cut right through the clamps with bolt cutters. “So looks like I will have to weld metal plates over my exhaust and cross my fingers for next time,” she said.
It’s going to cost $2,300 to replace the converter and repair the damage, she said.