5 catalytic converter thefts reported in 2018, nearly 2,000 in 2021, Las Vegas police say | News
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Recent figures from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department show a sharp increase in reported catalytic converter thefts in recent years.
Information provided by the department shows only five thefts reported in 2018, 30 in 2019, 494 in 2020 and 1,894 in 2021.
Police said they have seen thefts increase during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for thieves to make a quick buck.
Catalytic converters contain precious metals that can be worth more than gold. Converters are melted down for metal, but individual converters don’t contain much metal.
On Monday, Charmaine Guy wasn’t driving her Toyota Sequoia SUV because she couldn’t afford to fix it. Thieves stole two catalytic converters from his vehicle, which are part of a car’s exhaust system.
She only has liability insurance and said the repair costs were around $1,700.
Guy said his car was needed for several doctor visits. Family members also use the SUV for work. She said Uber and Lyft rides were expensive and she was frustrated by the robbery, which took place around 3:30 p.m. at an office building on Nellis Boulevard.
“You took something I needed, something I couldn’t afford to replace or pay $1,700 to have it fixed because you decided to take something from me. It didn’t bother me. only hurts, but also hurts my whole family because we’re all struggling. We’re all trying to figure out how to fix it,” Guy said.
The guys said the theft was filmed in the office building and she was trying to share the video with the police and others. The theft took place in less than four minutes and she said the suspect vehicle was a new model black Cadillac truck.
Guy said she spent a lot of time online and found reasonably priced converters in Canada, but it could take several days for the converters to arrive.
Police are advising people to park in a garage, if possible, to avoid theft. Park near the lights if the car is kept outside.
Some people have also purchased metal plates that can be custom fitted to catalytic converters, as well as heavy wire cages to secure their converter.