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Just had my cat converter stolen #7067998
11/30/20 02:57 AM
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DANG...Sleeping with window open. Heard a noise, made the mistake (maybe not a mistake) of yelling at them. Car immediately took off with lights off. Cops were here quick, but I think too late. Car is an older Prius, guess they are prized for their converters. Just reduced coverage to liability only frown. Lesson learned. Gonna get a CAT LOCK next time. Maybe that will slow them down.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068019
11/30/20 06:33 AM
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You were sleeping with your window open in SE Minn?? The temp is 25.I just looked at videos of this because I didn't hear about it before. So where do you live in Rochester? Who's buying them from the thieves?

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068040
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Scrap yards buy everything.


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Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068050
11/30/20 07:12 AM
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I've heard of that here too. Beats working for money I guess! Scrap yards should take pictures of the people selling them and report it. Pawn shops have to keep a list of stuff they buy off people.


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Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068052
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True but I'd think the scrap yard would question someone bringing in just a cat converter. This looks like it's common so they should be aware of it and get their ID, plate # and contact LE. I know they're in business but I wouldn't want to be involved in it as a middle man.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: Badger23] #7068063
11/30/20 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Badger23
True but I'd think the scrap yard would question someone bringing in just a cat converter. This looks like it's common so they should be aware of it and get their ID, plate # and contact LE. I know they're in business but I wouldn't want to be involved in it as a middle man.


I heard the same thing on NW Wisconsin news about some isolated reports of the same thing, with convertors being stolen, they said the black market sales are limited because salvage yards do not accept them unless accompanied by a scrap vehicle. But I'm sure there is always that guy that will.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068070
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They are stealing the crap out of them in Mpls (and larger cities around the state). Same group of thugs. The Prius was most likely a stolen. They've been stealing them a lot too (for some dumb reason). Generally Omar's clan.


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Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068071
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Around here the scrap yards do take your picture. I had a converter stolen at work a few years back. I worked nights at the time.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068098
11/30/20 08:08 AM
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They busted a big ring in Edmonton Alberta in august that had 900 cats in possession . Then our thief slowed down, broad daylight in the shopping centers climb unders were common in the summer.
is not Prius the main car used in the taxi industry? so you can figure your may be used as an aftermarket use replacement

Cats that sold for scrap lately have gone crazy, like from 30$ to 220$

Did they use a ratchet cutter or a saws-all with blades ?

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068099
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They took 34 off a rental cars parking lot one weekend @ 1000$ each replacement

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068141
11/30/20 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by timbremn
DANG...Sleeping with window open. Heard a noise, made the mistake (maybe not a mistake) of yelling at them. Car immediately took off with lights off. Cops were here quick, but I think too late. Car is an older Prius, guess they are prized for their converters. Just reduced coverage to liability only frown. Lesson learned. Gonna get a CAT LOCK next time. Maybe that will slow them down.


This has been going on now for a month or better. The Winona police put out a public warning about it. Winona has seen many vehicles with cats stolen over night.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068146
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I'm not sure what used stolen car parts sell for on the black market but surely you could make more money just going to work without the potential negative consequences. And you probably wouldn't even have to work nights.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068157
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I work at an auto salvage yard and cut cats sometimes. Wish the guys stealing them would come and apply for a job because cats are a PITA to remove. They must be only taking the easy ones. There is little room and the pipe near cats is harder so a torch is the easiest fastest way to remove them.


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Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068162
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Palladium is hovering around 2400$ an oz.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: strike2x] #7068195
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Originally Posted by strike2x
I work at an auto salvage yard and cut cats sometimes. Wish the guys stealing them would come and apply for a job because cats are a PITA to remove. They must be only taking the easy ones. There is little room and the pipe near cats is harder so a torch is the easiest fastest way to remove them.

They busted a couple of scum bags out here doing a few years ago. One had a crow bar to pull down on the exhaust and the other a batt. Operated sawzall. Hit up a couple car lots and quite a few driveways. Hope they got an unwanted boyfriend in jail


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Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068206
11/30/20 09:38 AM
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Was your room hazy from wood smoke?

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Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: Badger23] #7068220
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Originally Posted by Badger23
You were sleeping with your window open in SE Minn?? The temp is 25.I just looked at videos of this because I didn't hear about it before. So where do you live in Rochester? Who's buying them from the thieves?

Northwest. I like cracking the window at night. Heard the sound of the jack clicking down. Played it over a thousand times in my head. First thought was to yell and scare them off, but they already had it off. They've been targeting priuses. Thieves are dumb, they always get caught. Just wish they got caught this time.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: Northof50] #7068221
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Originally Posted by Northof50
They busted a big ring in Edmonton Alberta in august that had 900 cats in possession . Then our thief slowed down, broad daylight in the shopping centers climb unders were common in the summer.
is not Prius the main car used in the taxi industry? so you can figure your may be used as an aftermarket use replacement

Cats that sold for scrap lately have gone crazy, like from 30$ to 220$

Did they use a ratchet cutter or a saws-all with blades ?

whatever they used was pretty quiet.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068223
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I haven't started my F-150 yet, hope they left that alone.

Re: Just had my cat converter stolen [Re: timbremn] #7068251
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I guess I better think about cleaning out the garage so I can get my car in it.


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