Things that suck when you find out it's happened to your car.

Flat tire.

Cracked windshield.

Random ding in your door from a buggy or car next to you.


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Wait, this is a thing? People do this?

Sadly yes and it happens a lot.

As a matter of fact I'm writing this story because we've had it happen to our vehicles at work SEVERAL times.

Trust me, there's nothing like the sound of a vehicle starting up that has had it's catalytic converter stolen.

And then realizing that YOUR CATALYTIC CONVERTER has been stolen.

It's not cheap to replace what they probably stole in under 2 minutes.

Catalytic converter replacement isn't cheap. For most vehicles, the average cost of a catalytic converter repair is between $945 and $2475 including parts and labor. The catalytic converter cost itself can be up to $2250 of that. (carbrain)

How do they steal em? They have been known to saw them off from right under your car. But the pros who make a living out of stealing these things can usually get in, under, and gone with your catalytic converter in as little as 2 minutes.

Thieves can remove a catalytic converter quickly, often in less than two minutes, so theft can even occur in broad daylight. The only tools a thief needs are a wrench (for converters that are bolted on) or a reciprocating saw (for converters that are welded in). (edmunds)

A couple of thieves in Holt weren't so luck and almost got sawed themselves.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is saying a Delta Township resident confronted a would-be catalytic converter thief with a saw. (WILX)

Thankfully these alleged thieves were arrested without incident or injury.

According to News 10, police are asking for people to report behavior like individuals quickly going under cars and being suspicious. Don't wait and call the authorities. And to please be safe.

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