Catalytic Converters Stolen Despite Anti-Theft Devices

July 24, 2023
Thieves in West Palm Beach, Florida were able to steal four catalytic converters despite anti-theft cages protecting them.

Thieves in West Palm Beach, Florida were able to steal four catalytic converters despite anti-theft cages protecting them, CBS 12 reports.

Two trucks from Massey Services were targeted by thieves overnight, who crawled up underneath the two vehicles and sawed off the catalytic converters. Though the converters were protected by a specially made cage of steel cables, the thieves were able to cut through it. Both the trucks come with two converters, with all four of them being taken.

The trucks were towed to Midas of West Palm Beach, owned by Ron Katz, who said that he has seen cases like this happen often–specifically with trucks owned by Massey Services, happening across several cities. The two trucks targeted this time specifically had been the target of another theft only a couple of months ago.

“Over the last year, we've replaced over 100 catalytic converters in their vehicles,” said Katz. “It's so rampant and I was hoping it was slowing down.”

The shop plans to install a new type of protective covering over the catalytic converters that are made of solid steel.