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Eagle Rock Prius owners warned to watch out for catalytic converter thieves

Thieves cut the converter from this vehicle | James Stathas

Thieves cut the converter from this vehicle | James Stathas

EAGLE ROCK — Catalytic converter thieves have apparently moved on from Silver Lake to the Eagle Rock area, where converters were sawed or cut off from several Toyota Priuses during the past week.

Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis said that seven converter thefts were reported during the last week in the LAPD Northeast Division. “They were mostly concentrated in the Eagle Rock area,” Davis said in an email. ” All of them were Toyota Prius converters.”

Catalytic converters contain platinum and other precious metals, making them an attractive target for thieves. Some vehicle owners have turned to installing converter protectors – or “cat clamps” – that act like a metal cage around the catalytic converters to discourage thieves. But some owners have been told that thieves just cut right through the clamps with bolt cutters.

One Prius owner named Alexi, who lives near Range View Avenue and Avenue 54, said she discovered that her converter had been stolen Monday morning. When she took her vehicle to the Toyota dealership for repairs, she was told that someone else from her block had also brought in their car for the same reason.

“The car was right outside my window and the thieves stole it while I was home and sleeping,” she said. “I didn’t notice a thing until I started the car- then it sounded like a crazy motorcycle engine.”

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3 comments

  1. Yes, the police are pretty much only good at advising us at this point I guess? Because they certainly won’t come out if you catch one of these cockroaches in the act. Time to clear out your yoga/art studio and use your garage for what it was intended, if you have the luxury of having one.

  2. I live in Eagle Rock and on Friday, 11/6, around 2:30 am I was woken up due to a loud, machinery noise. I immediately turned on the light, opened my curtains (to a street view) and saw a black sedan and what I assume to be a few people (couldn’t make them out due to it being so dark) stealing my neighbors prius catalytic converter. Very quickly the car zoomed off but it was too late, they had already taken his property. I told my neighbor who then told the police, hopefully they catch the people doing this.

  3. If you want to prevent this get a very sensitive car alarrm…any movement from cutting etc. would set it off. Make sure it is super load too.

    I would highly suggest doing this if you have a prius.

    Thanks

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