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Jason Fogelson

Catalytic converter theft

By January 15, 2008

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I am now officially a victim, and I'm writing to warn you -- watch out for catalytic converter thieves. They just might be roaming your neighborhood tonight.

I've written a lot about Moose, my 1994 Toyota 4Runner. Well, today I hopped in the driver's seat ready for a trip to the dog park, and when I turned the ignition I immediately knew that something was wrong. Moose's normally placid exhaust note was replaced by a blat that sounded like an unmufflered motorcycle. I turned off the key, and went to investigate. Sure enough, I found four bolts and an exhaust hanger on the ground under my SUV. Someone had crawled underneath, unbolted my catalytic converter and absconded.

I had to laugh at the irony of the situation. Just this weekend, I had mentioned this article from the Los Angeles Times to Aaron Gold, About.com's Guide to Cars, while we were doing a little bit of work on his car. Apparently, catalytic converter theft is an epidemic across the country because the price of platinum, one of the metals in the converter, has skyrocketed. Thieves can get $40 to $50 for a converter from an unscrupulous scrap metal dealer. Toyota 4Runners are particular targets -- not only do their catalytic converters contain plenty of platinum, their high ground clearance makes them particularly easy targets. A thief with a socket wrench can remove a 4Runner's converter in minutes.

When I called the police to report the crime, Officer Padilla told me that I was the second victim in the area this week. My insurance agent told me that his girlfriend's 4Runner was stripped in a department store parking lot; the service manager at the Toyota dealership called it "an epidemic."

The bad news is that it's going to cost over $1100 to affect the repair and replacement. The worse news is that there's not much I can do to protect against another theft. I'm having the dealership weld the bolts on, so that the converter won't be so easy to remove. But a thief with a reciprocating saw can still swipe a cat in no time flat.

I guess Moose has finally earned that spot in the garage that he's been coveting for so long. At least until I can install an alarm on his catalytic converter.

A word to the wise -- keep an eye on your 4Runner. Park in your garage at home, park in conspicuous spots at malls and department stores. Keep an ear out for your alarm, and check your insurance coverage to make sure that you don't get burned. Let's hope that the police can put some pressure on scrap metal dealers to kill the market for these parts before catalytic converter theft spins completely out of control.

Have you been the victim of catalytic converter theft? Click on "comments" below and share your story.

Photo © Jason Fogelson

January 15, 2008 at 1:42 am
(1) Aaron Gold - Cars Guide says:

I haven’t been a victim of theft — but had I known old converters were worth so much, I wouldn’t have thrown away the old one from the Red Scare (my trusty old Honda CRX) after I replaced it a couple of years ago. I live close to Jason’s neighborhood; lucky for me the CRX doesn’t have much ground clearance, but if the thieves figure out how to train earthworms to use socket wrenches, ol’ Red and I could be in a bit of trouble.

Now, all that said, the work Jason and I were doing was replacing a door on my wife’s car. She was nailed by a hit-and-run driver who turned his (her?) lights off and sped away. No license plate number, which means no coverage from uninsured motorist insurance. What ever happened to honesty?

– Aaron – Cars Guide

January 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm
(2) Rob says:

Yup, they just got cat off my 98 4Runner. Mine doesn’t have an affectionate name, but I’m still pretty peeved.

January 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm
(3) Doug says:

My converter was stolen (’93 Toyota 4WD); didn’t report it. Cost me $150 for replacement plus $100 for sensor. Why was my repair so inexpensive?

January 15, 2008 at 7:49 pm
(4) Mike says:

I haven’t lost a converter yet but my ’00 Tundra has all the ground clearance of a 4-Runner. Come to think of it, most Toyota trucks prior to the current generation were pretty tall. Well boys, better keep our eyes open and a baseball bat handy. Aaron it’s fairly likely that the hit-and-run driver didn’t have insurance or a license thus their need to run that way. At least that’s what I guessed after it happened to me. Sorry to hear it, dude.

January 16, 2008 at 12:36 pm
(5) suvs says:

A further update on my cat situation — got Moose back from the dealer yesterday, and the final bill was $1,281.85.

$1,115.85 in parts, $91.00 in labor plus $75.00 for welding and $92.06 in tax.

I hope that the welding will keep my cat safe against the quickie theft — they will have to make some noise to get my parts next time. And I’ll be ready.

January 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm
(6) SteveJ-N-Dallas, TX says:

Well my Cat’s were swiped sometime during a sunny Saturday while at work, between 10:30am and 6:pm CST. I called the police that night, who could do nothing but take the report. I then turned in my ’03 tundra to the dealer for repairs the following Monday. A week later and $3,000 lighter (befor my deductable) I’m back up and running. However, my next expense this week will be an alarm system. Then, I’ll be thinking up ways to rig up something to prevent or slow them down next time. I have read several articles online, and have received numerous suggestion’s on how to protect them to prevent the theft from occuring, but nothing solid. TAKE NOTE You ’07 Tundra and ’08 Sequia owner’s!!! – You have 4 catalytic converter’s under your chasis, regardless of single or dual exhaust. Keep an eye on them.

January 17, 2008 at 11:17 am
(7) Shane says:

Just had mine stolen the other night. Woke up and got ready for work, hopped in my ’94 4runner and turned ‘er on.. I couldn’t believe how loud it was. I turned it off and checked underneath, and sure enough, I was missing my cat converter. It’ll cost me $350 to replace the muffler, cat and flex pipe cause they cut it clean off rather than just unbolting it. At least I’ll save on labor, me and an ex-mechanic friend are gonna fix it ourselves. Maybe I’ll engrave it with my name and a serial number or something. An alarm sounds like a good idea, something that’ll react to weird vibrations. Anyway, be warned.. this could happen to anyone.

January 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm
(8) SEAN says:

got mine nissian xterra looking at about 1600 to fix had to pay 500 deductable and turn into insurence. i had only left suv for a short period of time at local mall came out to leave and was baffled by the sudden loud noise i have never herd of such a crime till today i saw an ad in the winston salem nc. papper about this same subject.talk with a freind telling me that in va. there was a car lot that had 18 taken off new cars in one night

January 21, 2008 at 8:32 am
(9) Jimbo2 says:

Go to catclamp.com keeps your cat on your Toyota. U-Haul is putting them on their trucks. They must work.

January 21, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(10) Jinny says:

We had ours stolen this past Sunday from our beloved 98 Toyota 4-Runner while we were in church for an hour. The police here in Charlotte NC say the problem is rampant and that churches are targeted because they know the owner won’t be back for an hour. We now have to spend $2500 (hopefully insurance will cover some of it)that could have gone to a much better cause.

January 22, 2008 at 11:42 am
(11) Hank says:

We had our Cat Conv stolen/cut off ou 4rnr during lunch this Sunday between 11am and 12 noon. In daylight on a busy street. My mechanic installed an aftermarket convertor and now I’m out a little under 350. Find a local shop to hopefully get it replaced inexpensively. Recyclers should not enable the purchase of convertors from certain individuals.

January 23, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(12) Laraine says:

Say it ain’t so, Jason! This sounds like a really bad, low-rent movie from some desperately poor foreign republic . . . takes me back to the days when a new in-dash radio/cassette player was an open invitation to have your windows smashed and return to the sight of dangling wires. So sorry for the ‘cat’ loss.

January 24, 2008 at 9:58 am
(13) Tim says:

They got my 2000 cherokee’s cat converter with a sawzall yesterday, in broad daylight in a metro parking lot in West Hyattsville MD (suburan DC). Was told it was third one in two weeks – - all easily accessible SUVs

January 25, 2008 at 12:57 am
(14) JC says:

Had an experience with this just tonight at the Fullerton Amtrak Train station,(in Southern California.) Walked back to my 2002 4Runner with a friend and unknowingly caught them in the act! We had parked in a long term covered structure that supposedly had some “security”. We didn’t realize what was going on or that anything was wrong until I started the car and it sounded like the Indy 500 starting line. Suddenly there was a guy whose head popped up crouching up in front of my car and I yelled at him and honked the horn. He pretended to be a homeless guy sleeping and we didn’t think too much about him until later. They had cut the rubber things on the sides and removed all of the back bolts, with the front bolts still in place. A very helpful auto repair guy we drove to a few blocks away replaced the bolts so I could get home and recommended getting the connections welded together. Hopefully that will make a little bit more difficult for these a-holes who are doing this. Looking back on it hopefully the guy went deaf after the noise of the car and my horn.

January 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm
(15) suvs says:

Wow, JC — that’s the most brazen story I’ve heard so far. I hope you reported the attempted theft to the police. We’ve got to put some pressure on law enforcement to help out with this epidemic, or nothing will change.

January 26, 2008 at 1:55 am
(16) JC says:

Yes, we reported it to the po… they already knew who had done it, they’d been looking out for this particular ring. I was so bummed to find out that my car is a favorite choice for this theft. I seriously am freaked about going anywhere! This is crazy and a very sad commentary on our society – that people are doing this. It really pisses me off that if someone steals this unit from my car it’s gonna cost me 800-1200 bucks to replace it. Give me a break, I’m a poorly paid elementary school teacher! I saw online that someone has invented a “cat security device” apparently welding doesn’t deter the thieves with the little saw that allows them to remove the entire unit in under 5 minutes. Wow, just wow.

January 26, 2008 at 2:05 am
(17) suvs says:

Yes — I found this: http://catclamp.com/catclamp.asp
The CatClamp, which claims to guard against catalytic converter theft. I’m trying to get in contact with the company so that I can give you more information as to cost, installation time, etc. I’ll report back as soon as I hear more.

January 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm
(18) JC says:

I’ve heard more stories about the cat converter thefts that are apparently rampant around the country! Any info here about anti-theft devices, car security alarms that will prevent this theft would be appreciated. It’s probably better to pay a few hundred for the prevention than 800-1200 for a new converter! thanks

February 2, 2008 at 8:59 pm
(19) JH says:

My ’99 toyota tacoma got nailed the other night, but luckily the guy did a pretty clean job. Its only costing me 184 bucks to replace the converter which i’m putting on myself. i think i’d rather not weld it, sounds like it would cost more if they cut it off.

February 12, 2008 at 8:59 pm
(20) DC says:

I hadn’t driven my truck (’96 Nissan) since end of December. Just last weekend I needed to use it, after jump starting it (it had been sitting for 5 weeks! :-) , I heard the roar of a low flying aircraft and thought: “%$#@! Somethings wrong with the exhaust.” Sure was… A two foot section of my exhaust was missing along with the catalytic converter! And it’s been parked in front of my house the whole time. >:-(

February 14, 2008 at 7:15 am
(21) Patti says:

Yep. in Carrollton, Texas. At the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Center parking lot. 4Runner, with a saw. Thought the car was going to blow up when I started it. Jerks.

February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm
(22) Don Rice says:

Had mine stolen from my ’93 4-Runner here in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, in the afternoon in broad dayligtht from the parking lot at the office. My Toyota dealer says that they get at least 4 a week now to replace. One was actually taken from thier own lot ! Getting to be of epidemic proportions. I ordered a Catcalmp from http://catclamp.com/catclamp.asp Working with Jim Dusa there has been great. Will put it on this weekend. That should solve the problem. Just a sign of the times I guess. Sad to say…

February 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(23) James says:

I have a catering business in Mableton, GA. We have 15 vans. When arriving to work on the second Monday in January, we had 11 of the 15 vans striped of their cat converters. Three of our newer vans had double converters. It was a $9000 loss and insurance only paid $1500 because we had a $1000 deductible on each van. We did all the right things at the office. We have a six foot fence with barbed wire, extra lighting and a camera system. It has really put a damper on the first of the year. What makes you feel so helpless is that they could come back and do the same thing again. They were in and out in 45 minutes. They cut all of ours out.

February 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm
(24) Mary says:

I went out to Tammy, my Jeep Grand Cherokee this morning to see my tailpipe lying on the ground. Sure enough, I found out, someone had used a saw to saw the Cat. Conv. straight off. S, now $1100+ later, what do I do to protect myself from this happening again? Is there anything?

February 20, 2008 at 10:36 am
(25) Jay says:

My boss had the converter stolen while in the work office. She gave me a warning and since that time parked in the lot. Well this morning Brittany and I am now members of the catalytic converter theft club! She was right outside of the house, and made a horrible noise when started. Instantly I knew what was wrong. So Mary it seems like thieves also like the Jeep Cherokee.

As I write this I am waiting for my tow, and a return call from my insurance company. I too am not sure about welding a cage around the converter, but it is an idea. Now listen to this. My boss told me to never back into a spot, and to park in a visible area. She also says to be aware of large trucks parked next to your vehicle, with the hood up. While you think the driver is repairing their car, another person is actually under yours sawing the converter off. This may now be a reason to build a garage.

February 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm
(26) Luke says:

I was got last night 02-20-08 and I was not aware that this had been going on in our quiet little area but it just goes to show you that the world is an oyster that is just waiting for someone to grab your pearl.

So to those that don’t want to be a victim sleep with on eye open.

Stay safe all

February 26, 2008 at 9:07 am
(27) Lee says:

My son attends school at University Tennesse, Knoxville, and I got a call last night at 11:15 from campus police. A student walking by saw the thief under his 1993 4-runner and ran him off. I’m not sure what it will cost to repair, but the Toyota dealer here in Chattanooga said it’s the fourth one this week, and it’s only Tuesday! Most are being taken off vehicles in parking garage where they can work out of the open. Watch Out!

March 1, 2008 at 9:09 pm
(28) Billy Ray says:

Broad daylight. 7 AM to 2 PM. Plenty of passer-bys, including Sheriffs Deputies! 2003 Nissan Truck. Cat stole. Phx Az. :(
Advised by Police not to drive it home as it may damage the engine.

March 3, 2008 at 9:21 am
(29) Jen says:

A reputable welding and fabrication company in Toledo, OH. has a new patented theft deterrent designed just for catalytic converters . It makes too much work for the thieves in a hurry. The CatClamp is the only security system on the market designed exclusively to fight catalytic converter theft. It was in Newsweek online in January 09, 2008. Go to Catclamp.com the CatClamp is much cheaper than repairing a vehicle after catalytic converter theft.

March 3, 2008 at 10:23 am
(30) D says:

We returned from vacation to find NO TRUCK at the hotel that we left it at. 1985 Toyota 4X4…stolen. Middle of the night…no way home. The truck was recovered a couple days later…door lock and ignition punched…and the Cat Converter missing. The thief was nice enough to leave the car in a secure lot with the doors locked when he was done. Gee thanks!

March 6, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(31) anthony says:

i have a beat-up ’94 maxima that i leave near a subway when i go to work thinking nobody would touch it…they got me the other evening…time to break-out my bicycle.

March 6, 2008 at 6:43 pm
(32) Matt says:

97 4Runnder had the cat professionally cut off with a reciprocating saw.. Tuesday night in the middle of a storm right outside of my house (nice neighborhood). Who ever stole it was a really nice person because they left the sensors and all it’s gonna cost is $600.. Just makes me angry because if I would have woken up and seen it my bail would of costed more…

March 6, 2008 at 7:29 pm
(33) suvs says:

I am shocked at how many stories are pouring in about cat theft. I really had no idea, and I’m surprised that there isn’t more coverage in the media, and more action by the authorities. Protect your vehicles, folks — and if you do get stung, be sure and report the theft to the police, and demand follow-up! The only way this will stop is if the authorities start to clamp down on the real thieves — the scrap metal dealers who are buying our stolen catalytic converters.

March 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm
(34) OC Victim says:

Happened last night in Orange County, CA on my driveway. Quiet, safe neighborhood. The Police collected the nuts and bolts for DNA testing. Yes- it’s become that big of a problem in this area. These s***heads will be caught.

March 9, 2008 at 3:31 am
(35) Sylvia says:

It happened to me tonight. The officer had an attitude about filling out the report because “it’s JUST a theft”.

Well it’s more than just a theft to me… because I don’t know how I am going to come up with the money to replace it. I work so hard, and for what?

March 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm
(36) Lucas says:

I, like everyone else, went to my 2003 Toyota Tacoma this Monday morning to find the truck sounding awful. I am so angry that someone would do this! Get your own stuff. I reported it to the Nashville Police and am waiting on a response. I am going to check out the catclamp, I just wonder if it will be another company taking advantage of people in need and overpricing the unit. It looks quality enough, but would it really deter someone? I have already been taken by somebody unwillingly, I just hope that the catclamp isn’t going to to be unreasonably pricey!

March 12, 2008 at 9:47 am
(37) Sherif says:

I recently moved to a more upscale neighborhood in Dallas. One week after getting here I went to start my Toyota Tacoma truck and it made the same noise my cousin’s car made when he cut off his muffler on purpose. I called several mechanics and the end result was $350 in damages and $100 in rental fees. This is outrageous!

March 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm
(38) chris says:

Two days ago, three vehicles had their cats taken. Two vehicles were jeep cherokees, the third vehicle make is unknown. This happened on a supposedly secure parking lot at work, broad daylight, camera patrolled and lots of people walking back and forth. Lucky for me my insurance is covering it 100% becuase the creeps used a Sawzall to cut it off, so now I may need a complete new exhaust system.

March 14, 2008 at 10:41 am
(39) john says:

Got a call from my mom, telling me her 1996 dodge ram van was sounding like a race car. I wen over and checked it out, sure enough the cat was cutoff in a Pace parking lot in Blue Island, IL. Gonna cost 400 to fix and some welding on my part. Its happening all over I guess

March 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm
(40) Nancy says:

DUDE!! I was shopping,during my lunch hour and they stole my converter right in front of me! They parked next to my car made it seem like they were working on their car and it wasn’t until I turned on my car that I noticed something was wrong because my car sounded like a super loud Harley. Anywho, beware and report anything suspicious! write down the license plate or take pictures with your cell – please be on the lookout. Btw, my car is a ’95 4runner:o(

March 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(41) suvs says:

Nancy, that is the most outrageous story I’ve heard so far. I hope that you reported the theft to your local police — that’s the only way we’re going to have any impact at all on this problem. Sorry to hear about your 4Runner. I feel your pain.

March 18, 2008 at 2:07 am
(42) Rion says:

Mine just got stolen today

1995 4runner
2 others in the same lot were stolen.
Bolts on the floor

I would never have the stealership put mine back on, I am going to just put a cheapie that is not worth much in there and weld it on.

Theres really nothing we can do…

It feels like you have been molested..

March 22, 2008 at 12:07 pm
(43) bunkkinsmom says:

Mine got swiped this morning. I work for Starbucks and the hubby and I own our own business. We stayed at the business last night cuz we had a lot of work to do and I had to open (445 am). About 330 my hubby wakes me up and says he hears a saw. We call the po-po, and see some shadowy figures further up in the parking lot. Takes the cops FOREVER to get there. In the mean time, the hubby says that he hears something right outside our door! Like somebody dropped something. The cops get here, the saw stops. They, of course, can’t find anything. It’s now 430 and I have to go to work. I start the van with the cop there, and there’s the sound! THEY GOT MINE TOO! FROM RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!! Lucky for them we never saw them, my kids were in the studio, and so was my 357. I doubt that I would shoot for a CAT, but with the kids inside, you never know. I was LIVID. So now I have to start the phone calls to find out how much these little *&^%*s are gonna cost me. Anywho, they got 2 of us in the lot, and the po po says that they have been after these guys for weeks. As soon as they left, a dark pickup truck in reverse comes flying into the lot, stops, one guy runs into the bushes, presumably to get his saw back, and they take off. Punks.

March 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm
(44) Trout Bum says:

My pet ’94 T100 was savaged yesterday by a maggot using a reciprocating hacksaw – took the catalytic converter. The theft was in broad daylight in a train station parking lot just feet from busy Rt 1 in Laurel, Maryland. Same ol’ sob story – turned key, startled by loud noise, called cops. This morning, an officer called to say they’ve recovered a catalytic converter which someone was attempting to sell at a scrap yard. If the cuts match, someone goes to jail!

April 2, 2008 at 9:31 am
(45) Trout Bum says:

The Toyota Cat’verter recovered by the police didn’t come from my T100 – it was probably from a late model Tacoma. Lacking a theft report, they couldn’t match the cat’verter to another victim and the perp goes free. If the cuts had matched, the police captain had three eager patrolmen were ready to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect. Man, those officers looked terribly disappointed – they wanted to put the knucklehead in jail. So, please call the cops if your vehicle is burglarized or you see something suspicious. The cops hate bad guys and love putting them in jail. Repair bill? $1531

April 7, 2008 at 12:36 pm
(46) green says:

they almost got it. my wife came home from work, parked in shopping mall all day, and said the tacoma was running bad/engine light on. I found the pipe cut, O2 wires cut, and the heat sheild bent up. the pos must have got scared off. easy fix this time with the millermatic.

April 8, 2008 at 12:42 am
(47) Chris says:

Arrived at work at 9:00 am. Busy parking lot of large retail store. I leave for lunch at 12:00 pm and get a god-awful sound when I turn the key of my 2003 F-150 5.4 V8. I manage to drive about 5 miles to the ford dealership, where I was informed that my CAT had been stolen. Cost $165.00 to replace at local muffler shop. I would have gladly paid triple that amount to catch that ass crumb underneath my truck. I would have broken both legs, ran him over, and then peeled out on his brain.

Sorry. I was a little pissed.

April 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm
(48) Brian W says:

I own a 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 in Tempe, AZ, and just had my catalytic converter stolen, in addition to the oxygen sensors.

The thieves weren’t nice enough to use the socket-method — they just used the reciprocating saw and cut out a 4ft section of my exhaust pipe. The way they cut things up, the mechanic has to replace everything behind the exhaust manifold — at a cost of about $2,100.

Oh yeah, and my truck was the 3rd vehicle the mechanic had seen with that problem in just TWO DAYS.

Another mechanic described it as an epidemic, and the police officer taking my report had seen enough of these that he could tell me which makes and models have been hit hardest.

Contact your state legislators to further criminalize scrap-metal purchases of catalytic converters!

April 9, 2008 at 9:28 pm
(49) Chris L says:

Just had mine stolen off of my brand-new CR-V from my work parking lot in Durham, NC. They hit two other cars in a lot that is patrolled by security guards.

April 10, 2008 at 1:48 pm
(50) MH says:

Got in my ’97 4runner this morning and started it up. Then I looked around to see where the low flying cessna came from. No plane, just missing my cat and have a damaged muffler. Repair shop tells me $2500. Luckily insurance will cover most of it. Happened in Mesa, AZ.

April 10, 2008 at 11:57 pm
(51) BAW says:

I’m a victim! Happened to my 2000 Toyota 4Runner at the Louisiana Transit Center Park & Ride in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It’s gonna be +$2000 to repair. Second theft of the same vehicle at the same Park n’ Ride. MetroTransit ought to do something to better seure the Park and Rides.

April 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm
(52) Tim P. says:

Mine was stolen last night from my 1995 4Runner. A muffler shop is going to replace it for a little over $100 with a cat converter that apparently does not have the metals in it, but still works just as well.

April 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm
(53) Mary says:

I had mine stolen off a 2001 Chevy Venture Van a couple of weeks ago in Seffner, Florida while it was parked at a county park that doubles as a Park & Ride location. It was just over $800 for the repair with insurance picking up all except about $333 and $16 for the rental car. They cut it off; I was missing about 2 feet of pipe under the vehicle.

April 15, 2008 at 1:19 pm
(54) Mike Y. says:

I just had my catcon taken from my ’94 4Runner yesterday in the middle of the day. Parked it in our school parking lot at 7:30am and came out at 3:30pm, and it was gone!

April 21, 2008 at 6:51 pm
(55) Russell says:

Had my stolen off my 2002 Tacoma about 4 months ago, they left the metal cutting saw blades under the truck. I went to Checker Auto and bought a universal catalytic converter for about $70.00 and paid $100.00 to get it welded on. Apparently the original one is worth alot more than the universal one that I bought.

April 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(56) SANDI says:

In the daylight of 4/23 my car was hit by this crime I have a 86 volvo LOW to the ground and it was parked in the hospital lot ( where I work) some yahoo took a saw cut the back and was half way thru the front but was caught by 2 employees leaving he managed to get away but not before breaking his blade off in my exhaust. grrrr what the heck my cat is OLD dang drugies anyway “get a real job”

April 23, 2008 at 11:17 pm
(57) Mike R says:

had one cat cut out of my 05 Tundra in broad daylight yesterday 4/22. Used a sawzall. Location Metro park & ride 105 fwy & Lakewood in LA. Will cost 2500 (took some pipe w/ an O2 sensor as well). Good thing I have insurance.

April 24, 2008 at 10:23 am
(58) Randy says:

Wow, i work nights in new orleans at ochsner hospital. i parked in a lot across the street from the hospital. what a surprise to hear my 2001 tacoma pickup sound like a tank when i cranked it up. why does the po-po let this S#@^ have a market? toyota told me $1000 but the guy recomended i go to a muffler shop where they can do it for much less.

April 28, 2008 at 1:02 am
(59) il-han says:

Mine is 05 Malibu CLassic~!!
This is an ordinary automatic sedan and got stolen…in my apartment complex, there were 5 malibues and theirs were gone overnight as well.
sounds sweet doesn’t it~?

April 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm
(60) bridget says:

my 2003 malibu was overheating and leaking coolant, so I parked it overnight in front of a liquor store (that had security cameras). It was parked from 11pm to 11am and then I got it towed to a shop, and when it was being unloaded we noticed the cut pipe. It was a clean cut made by a saw. I was pretty much asking for it parking it there overnight, but I feel much better paying my $100 deductible for theft rather than having blown a gasket – turns out my radiator hose was busted, that’s why my car was overheating. I called the liquor store 2 days later because I couldn’t remember the name of the store and had to search for it online. Of course, by then the tapes had looped and taped over whatever might have been on there from the night they got my cat!

April 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm
(61) Tracy says:

They got mine off my ’97 Jeep Cherokee Friday night in Falls Church, VA. Had been at the radiator shop for some minor repairs, and they parked it on a side street overnight. Called us Saturday morning to pick it up, and we heard that god-awful noise when we started it up. I hadn’t heard about the market in stolen catalytic converters before, but I am well aware now! Luckily, I have only $250 deductible on my insurance, as the shop states it will be over a grand to repair AND that they are not responsible for damage to any vehicles left with them!

April 30, 2008 at 5:42 pm
(62) Mark says:

A thief attempted to cut off the converter Monday night on a delivery truck parked at my business in southeast Alabama. It appears they used a hacksaw which was not quick work. I figured gas siphoning would come first, so I put locks on all delivery vehicle tanks. In alabama, the copper thieves have hit hard (AC systems) and state passed law for scrap metal places not to pay cash, must leave name and address and money is mailed to you. It appears to be a deterrent.

April 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm
(63) Sean says:

I hhad mine stolen last night in the San Fernando valley, near Los Angeles.

It was a ’98 Nissan Frontier, and they took the entire exhaust from the catalytic converter aft. And estimnate of parts from the dealer is ~$1,000 or more.

I only hope they get tetnus.

May 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm
(64) David says:

Just had mine stolen the other night in Los Angeles. Like most of everyone else’s experience, it was a Toyota. I’m in between jobs right now and this is exactly what I need. Thanks Bush, thanks economy and thank you California.

Report these crime to the police so they know its a problem in your area.

May 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm
(65) joseph says:

Officially today May 2,2008 I am a victim of a stolen catalytic converter on my Chevy 2002 blazer. Whoever stole my converter is a complete low life.. i can laugh about it now, but karma will bite back.

May 4, 2008 at 11:43 am
(66) john says:

just had visited my daughter in baltimore she said her 2004 ford escape was making a loud noise we looked and someone had tried to cut her cat loose but must have gotten scared off. This is low, whats next gas !!

May 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm
(67) ron says:

Just had mine stolen from my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in Chicago. Waiting on the estimate, but it doesn’t look like it will be cheap. File a police report, then file a claim with your insurer. Still, it stinks.

May 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm
(68) PT says:

The past weekend my mother’s 95 toy pick-up catalytic converter was saw off in front of her house in Santa Ana, California. I don’t know if the catclamp.com can stop these guys, maybe slow them down… These guy used a portable metal blade saw. I just hope the police put some presure on the scrap yard then these thiefs don’t have a place to sell the cat so then this issue will be solve…

May 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm
(69) Geoff says:

Went in to work @ 07:30. Got in my ’97 4Runner @ 13:00..VAROOOM!!!! Just got back from the muffler shop $500 lighter. They sawzalled my cat and the rear O2 sensor. Shop said it was third one they saw today! Taken in large, open parking lot for office complex.

May 6, 2008 at 3:20 am
(70) Chris says:

got mine sawed off last night 96′ toyota t100.

May 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm
(71) Mike says:

Mine got swiped when parking in a High School faculty parking lot. I live in the Phoenix area. This really tee’s me off. I’m sure newer models will come out with some type of cat protector. Doesn’t do me much good. If anyone has bought and used the catclamp, please advise.

May 6, 2008 at 9:40 pm
(72) Swiped says:

Today, I became a victim at a Park and Ride.

May 9, 2008 at 12:55 am
(73) SomeGuy says:

got mine stolen today at ucsd parking lot in la jolla, ca. a hot girl in the same parking lot got hers stolen too. i have an alarm on my car but apparently it didnt scare them off. cost me $410.

May 10, 2008 at 12:51 am
(74) Lynn says:

I got mine stolen from my 1995 Honda Accord!!! Heard them take off from my driveway out in a peaceful country neighborhood. Found by police day later without a stereo & cat. :( I wish I would of seen them. Makes me angry.

May 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm
(75) Angry says:

Theif tried to get the cat converter off of my 98 Tacoma two nights ago. Luckily one of the bolts was stripped and they couldn’t finish the job. I put it back together but feel like they are just going to be back again since Tacomas are such an easy mark.

May 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm
(76) Alex says:

Nissan frontier xe, sawed off at work. and a week before inspection too.

May 13, 2008 at 12:25 am
(77) Jennifer says:

Got ours taken from our 1998 4Runner at a Park & Ride in a Seattle suburb in a busy area in broad daylight! They used a saw. They also got 2 other 4Runners which happened to be parked side by side. The news channel did a story on it tonight with us at our mechanics to warn people it’s an epidemic. Will cost almost $1700 to repair. Apparently they hit a Toyota dealer in Kirkland WA recently. Who knew??

May 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm
(78) Briana says:

Sorry to hear about all the thefts. I work at a Midas in Seattle and I have been seeing at least 1 car a week that they are stealing the cats out of. The only hope for protection is an alarm that senses vibration. I have seen them cut through stainless steel air gap pipe (one of the toughest metals to cut through) with a
sawz-all/reciprocating saw. Now we’re actually seeing thieves siphon gas out of cars too, along with the converter. Make sure you report it to the police and your insurance. There has got to be a stop to this sooner or later.

May 13, 2008 at 6:00 pm
(79) Nani says:

I’m a high school student in Ohio. I got my catalytic converter sawed right off of my ’98 Toyota 4Runner in broad daylight. It had to happen in the senior parking lot while I was in class because it didn’t make that loud noise this morning. These thefts want that part for platinum, I’ve heard. I called the cops and filed a report and the cop said just the day before, there had been 4 reports of the same incident.

May 14, 2008 at 9:12 pm
(80) kim says:

at my hospital, there were 4 victims on a monday DURING the day time – all 4-runners. At a local Toyota dealership, ALL 4 runners had their catalytic converters taken . . . it made it on the local news! All this just happened over a 3-day time period.

May 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm
(81) john delong says:

My converter was stolen yesterday from the parking lot of my office sometime between 12pm and 3pm. 97 Toyota Tacoma. When I went to the repair shop, there was another Tacoma already there for the same reason. They only got one of my O2 sensors so my repair is going to be a little under $600. If yards quit buying them, maybe junkies will quit stealing them.

May 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm
(82) Doan says:

This just happened to my little brother’s 4Runner yesterday in Sacramento, Ca. This is a new low.

May 17, 2008 at 11:33 pm
(83) nick says:

05 Tundra, $1800. Toyota dealer said they have seen 100+ thefts this year alone. I guess its the economy.

May 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(84) Javier says:

Just had my C.C. stolen from my 4 Runner at a work parking lot on Friday. The mechanic who will be replacing it said I was his 3rd customer this weekend–all 4 Runners! By the way, I had a used (I assume) replacement installed for only $150.00

May 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm
(85) Fran says:

I live in Baltimore on a quiet residential street. Don’t drive the 4Runner every day, maybe only once a week. Sometime last week thieves sawed the converter off. Finally got an appointment with the mechanic and he phoned me this morning with news. Comprehensive insurance will cover the loss (mostly), but I still feel vulnerable. The thieves, when they see it again, they will know it now has a new one. Filed a police report.

May 19, 2008 at 9:37 pm
(86) csw says:

My 1992 4 Runner was a victim while parked in my driveway last evening. Please be aware the Police cannot do anything but do NOT fail to report the theft so a record is documented.

May 22, 2008 at 10:34 am
(87) Timothy says:

i am a victim also parked my vehicle at duffield park and ride thursday morning to go to work got back that evening jumped in truck started it up sounded like a jet. some idiot stole mine in broad day light this is a shame that these people dont have anything else to do but steal off someone elses vehicle cost $2300 to fix be careful where you park your toyota

May 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm
(88) Steve says:

I have a 1993 Geo Storm! I was getting it painted, and my cat was stolen from the locked fenced area. Mine and a Kia. Guess those druggies are getting skinnier!

May 22, 2008 at 9:06 pm
(89) ChiWickChick says:

It happened to me in Wicker Park in Chicago this morning. –Mine is a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic and they sawed the cat right off. I took it to a mechanic and he said there was nothing he could do to prevent it from happening again. It sucks — $458 for someone to make $50!!! What’s even worse is because I live in the city, random street parking is my only option. Any ideas of how to prevent this besides parking in a garage?

May 26, 2008 at 1:07 am
(90) Darkdog says:

I just got hit today. Unbolted and gone in just a few minutes. In broad daylight no less. When and how can the people who buy these stolen CC’s be nailed? Need a hi-temp LoJack for these things.

May 27, 2008 at 11:16 am
(91) Jenny foley says:

I had mine taken off my 94 chevy baretta right out of the parking lot of olive garden where i work. Sawed off. Called police and they say its going on all up and down beechmont ave. In cincinnati. Particularly restraunts. How in the hell can these people take them to scrap yards and not get questioned? My daughter just had her ears operated on and cant stand to be in my car anymore its so loud, and i cant afford to fix it. -jen-foley06@hotmail.com

May 27, 2008 at 8:26 pm
(92) Claudia Sieber says:

Add our Toyota 4 Runner to the list. Quiet, relatively safe Oakland, California neighborhood, on a residential street. Filed a police report. Makes us want to sell the car….

May 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm
(93) One more in Kentucky says:

4/47/08 – Just had my catalytic converter stolen from my 4-Runner in broad daylight in an open parking lot where I work in Florence, Kentucky(south of Cincinatti, OH). The converter was cut off. I only wish I was able to catch them… I will do what it takes to protect my property. May have video. Stay tuned.

May 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm
(94) Jen foley says:

One more – did you see on the tri-state news that they stealin man hole covers too? Those things weigh like 200 lbs. Same deal, scrap yard. Dont you think if they get dropped off the metro infront of the scrap yard w 5 cats and a man hole cover, not to mention the reel of powerline, where do they draw the line and start thinking, um maybe that stuff isnt theirs! Whats next? Banging head against wall- jen foley

May 29, 2008 at 1:15 am
(95) Veronica Osarenkhoe says:

I had my second catalytic converter stolen Sunday night (5/25/08)from my 2000 4Runner on my driveway. The first one was stolen from the City Hall parking lot around 2:00 pm on July 9, 2007. It cost about $2,500 to replace all the parts. I don’t know what to do. I have no other car and short on money. WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY SUV IF I DO REPLACE THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER

May 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm
(96) HardJustice says:

If you live in a state where U do not have vehicle inspections, and the vehicle is paid for. My suggestion if your converter gets stolen is just pipe it back (leave out the converter) it will improve performance and mileage.

May 29, 2008 at 7:24 pm
(97) Jen f. says:

No downstream oxygen sensor needed when i dont need an e-check. Brilliant!

May 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm
(98) John Dito says:

We also live a very nice, quiet part of Oakland and our Cat was skillsawed off of our 92′ Tercel. That was one skinny crackhead!

May 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm
(99) jeremy says:

just had my cc stolen and i am currently working on getting it repairted

May 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm
(100) Sharon says:

I had my cc stolen last night while I was getting my hair done. I have 91 toyota forerunner and welding the bolts does no good they used a recipercating saw and made two clean cuts in broad day light in a strip mall parking lot. Thank goddness my husband is a mechanic but who has the money to spare and hope it doesn’t happen again. oh yea it happened in Sacramento, CA

May 30, 2008 at 7:32 pm
(101) Dory says:

Just paid $126.00 for new converter on “86″ Toyota pick up. They cut mine off during the night right in front of the house in a quiet neighborhood in Garden Grove, CA. The Muffler Shop told me the new one does not contain platinum and the little theives that stole it should not be interested in this one. I hope he’s right. I did file a police report. This happened to my sister in Buena Park, CA two months ago as well.

June 3, 2008 at 10:03 am
(102) Joe @ N. KY near Cincy, OH says:

99 4-Runner – Had Catalytic Converter stolen while parked on parking lot of employer. Surveillance camera caught theft. Isn’t easy to watch. Couple faked car repair with their hood up behind 4-Runner…cut and gone in 5 minutes. Dealership replacement cost… just under $2,000. This is why I believe in the death penalty.

June 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm
(103) emily says:

Had my CC stolen last night from my brand new Hyundai Tucson. 900 to repair.

June 4, 2008 at 9:44 am
(104) EGP says:

Had mine stolen last week.
In Chicago

June 5, 2008 at 1:06 am
(105) Cape Cod says:

Parked at the commuter lot and returned to a car sounding like aircraft. My car was a Honda CRV (OLD!!), and the creeps used a saw. Will find out $ damage tomorrow.

June 5, 2008 at 2:42 am
(106) Sal says:

Yep! been a victim just this morning in San Francisco. When I called the nearby muffler shop that asked if it happened in the area and said that it has been happening a lot. They even had a repeat customer! So I will also have it welded or weld a frame around it. My Toyota truck is old so the repair is $285 but I can’t keep paying that often.

June 7, 2008 at 1:11 am
(107) andy says:

I just had my 1995 4runner converter stollen or just cut out in san Leandro. I don’t know the cost yet. I will get the cheapest replacement — as if gas doesn’t cost enough?

June 7, 2008 at 11:34 am
(108) kelly says:

Just great! So I go to work the night shift at a large metropolitan hospital with security patrolled employee parking. Work all night in the OR saving lives, start my car up in the morning and it sounds like an explosion. Limp along to the mechanic who tells me they sawed off my catalytic convertor,to the tune of $1000.00. My 1998 Toyota 4 runner and I am very angry!

June 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm
(109) hutchtechusa says:

Check out the CATCUFF. It’s a quality, American made product that locks up a catalytic converter to the frame of the vehicle so that it simply cannot be removed. It’s a one-size fits all product that is easy to install with household tools. The CATCUFF is tougher than nails and is only one-eighth the cost of other catalytic converter anti-theft products, but with even more metal-thief thwarting deterrence and no annoying rattling or vibration. You can learn more at http://www.catcuff.com

June 10, 2008 at 11:28 am
(110) Della says:

Woah is me here in Berkeley California.

Yup, it happened to me just yesterday. I went out to start my car and BOOM, it sounded like a bomb went off. All my neighbors came running out to see what happened. We all thought I had a hole in my muffler. I was able to limp my Toyota 4 runner over to the Toyota dealer, and as I drove in my mechanic smiled at me. I got out of the car and said I think I have a hole in my muffler and he said no dear, your catalytic converter has been stolen. He peeked under the car, and came up looking grim. They had done it with a saw, and damaged my entire exhaust system. The whole thing has to be replaced to the tune of over $2,500! Luckily I’m fully insured and it will only cost me $100 and a few days of misery without my car. On the bright side, I’m not paying over $4/gallon for the next few days!

The police officer I spoke with said there’s basically nothing I can do since I live in an apartment and park on the street. I’m a sitting duck…and it’s hunting season.

June 10, 2008 at 11:38 am
(111) Church boy says:

We have two 15 passenger vans at my church we use to pick kids and adults up with and two weeks ago one of their converters were stolen. once I got in I heard a huge rumble! So I looked and saw what was a clean job! I got into the other van it was fine. A week later I got into it again and heard that same rumble! It’s an epidemic! I’m convinced! We are a church for crying out loud. We give back to the community every day serving free breakfast in the morning to the homeless. This is what you do to us…no to God! God knows people He is the ultimate avenger!

June 10, 2008 at 10:04 pm
(112) Gabriel says:

just this past week-end in someone cut off the cat of a Infiniti SUV. It was strapped down on a car carrier, ready for delivery. the 3 precious metals in it brings $40-$50 her in LA but down in Mexico more. there are aftermarket ones for $200 or so installed, but it’s a hassle to waste so much time buying it and welding it back on. Mostly SUVs and higher clearance vehicles.

June 11, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(113) Darla says:

Heard the news last week and then it happened to me. Had mine cut off my Toyota Tacoma at the Kent Des Moines Park and Ride in Washington, with a security guard 6 spots away, SLEEPING! Metro needs to hire some competent Americans!! Don’t park in a park and ride and ride Metro Buses!! Am now investing in the deterrent others have mentioned. If they would have unbolted it, I would have saved about $1,500. It’s costly at $3,000 to fix it all. They cut too far up, into my O2 sensor area and it all had to be replaced.

June 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm
(114) justin says:

I went fishing for 3 hours,. i parked close to the wide open boat launch. when i was cicling the lake on my boat, i saw 2 cars pull up, and one guy on a bike. i started the car , and this little kids fishing jumped. he was the only on there and hadnt seen anyone in an hour. anyways, the cut was clean, must have had a battery operated saw. The car is an 87 volvo. hey crackhead… thanks for ruining my day of fishing.

June 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm
(115) justin says:

ps i was in everett washington near 128th st

June 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm
(116) Nathan says:

Just tried to leave work and discovered that someone had unbolted and stole my catalytic converter (1998 Toyota Tacoma) from my work parking lot in broad daylight!! I get to go through all this headache so some lowlife can get maybe $40-$50?!#* Hope they cut themselves and had to get a tetnus shot…

June 13, 2008 at 12:26 am
(117) Bill says:

Cat gone in Cleveland. My wife parked her 1988 Volvo 760 at the local commuter train park and ride lot. When she started the car when she returned after work, she called me upset that “muffler” was loud. When she got home I looked under the car expecting to see a hole in the muffler and found instead the cat converter was gone. I’d like to see a law passed that would allow victims of these types of crimes to beat the perps to death with baseball bats.

June 13, 2008 at 2:09 am
(118) terry says:

Yep, just got mine removed by a saw. At the mall even. I guess people need it more than I do. Will cost me approximately 2k due to the fact they ruined my whole exhaust system. It is a 99 4 runner so I did not have full coverage and got burned.

June 13, 2008 at 2:55 am
(119) outta500 says:

Just got my CAT stolen of my 2001 4runner out of the West Oakland Bart Station. Full parking lot under the lights! Looks like an electric saw did it.

June 13, 2008 at 3:30 am
(120) Chris says:

Yup – it happened to me in Phx., AZ. in May of this year, ’08. I was in a JC Penney’s store for 1/2 hour. I could see my ’94 4Runner from the glass door’s of the store as I left. When I started it up…it made that
loud ‘no muffler’ sound. What safety measures exist so this won’t
happen again?

June 13, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(121) Keith says:

We recently returned from a family vacation to find our minivan missing it’s cat. converter. We had left it parked in a “secured” lot at our hotel. This was a low sitting Chevy Venture, not a SUV. So, no car is safe.

June 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(122) alex says:

We just got our cat stolen off our nissan pick-up truck for the SECOND time. I also had my identity stolen this month as well as my girlfriend. When it rains, it pours.

June 13, 2008 at 9:16 pm
(123) Bill says:

I came out of work today and got the same loud rumbling when I started my 98 Cherokee. Sure enough, someone had stolen the converter. Sawed off clean on either side. The police came and took the report. We have cameras on the parking lot…hopefully they caught something. I don’t know how much it’s going to cost me yet. Apparently it’s the 5th one stolen from our lot.

June 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm
(124) Bill says:

…this was in Columbia, MD by the way.

June 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm
(125) ronnie says:

my 94′ pathfinder was a victim on friday the 13th of june 2008. any other day but on on friday the 13th. i was just leaving work when a co-worker was telling me how his wife had a flat tire down the street and a thunderstorm was coming in. on the way home i dodge 2 accidents avoided a flooded highway and 8 blocks before i get home i get a flat. i decided to leave it over night and get it in the mornin….long after replacing the tire my car sounded a lil rough, thinking maybe the water must of gotten in the engine but no. looked under and muffler hangin all alone…DAYAM you catalyic theives i hope your grand kids don’t grow and your liver explodes…hmmph…no police report and total cost $498 + $167 for 2 new tires…what has the world come to??

June 14, 2008 at 10:28 pm
(126) jerry C says:

Had my CatCon stolen today during daylight hours in the parking lot at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. Clean cut on each side of the converter. I was given an estimate of $1,400.00 up to $2,000.00. Wow – thank goodness for my insurance. Looks like thats $500.00 out of MY pocket. During the hour I spent at the dealer, 3 more came in with the same problem. They said that there were 5 in total so far that day…… Thieves, sleep in peace- I know I couldn’t.

June 14, 2008 at 10:58 pm
(127) Kris says:

My cat was stolen last night… welding is no protection apparently as someone took a saw to mine and left me with a big pain to deal with.

June 15, 2008 at 12:54 am
(128) Mark says:

My 1997 4runners Catalytic converter was swiped just today! Damn those people doing this – they can all go to hell!!

June 15, 2008 at 9:47 am
(129) Seth says:

Not mine….but a several were stolen from our workplace garage in downtown Salt Lake City

June 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm
(130) Melly says:

They took the CC off my husbands 2003 Tundra last night. Toyota says it will cost 1100.00 to fix it. Why then, when I had a catalytic converter replaced on my old Celica, did it only cost me 100 bucks?

June 17, 2008 at 12:14 am
(131) Don_in_NKY says:

Had my catalytic converter stolen off of my ’97 4Runner today in a busy parking lot at work, during a beautiful day. Sawed it right off. Thought I was going to jump through the roof when I started the SUV up. Called the police, they took a report, called it “criminal mischief”.

June 17, 2008 at 1:36 am
(132) Betty says:

Mine was stolen today, off my 2001 Tacoma parked just south of Wilshire Blvd and West of La Brea. They left the bolts on the side, and i could see the marks where it was dragged out from under the car. I have a $1,000,000,0000,0000000000000 deductible. This is going to be a joy to replace. :|

June 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm
(133) Jack Tors says:

I just replaced mine on my ’04 Four Runner and ordered a product called the Cat Cuff online. http://www.catcuff.com

I’ll report back once this thing arrives. Wish me luck.

June 18, 2008 at 1:33 am
(134) tony says:

Get some stainless steel (3/8) cable and weld or clamp one end to the exhaust pipe before and after and including the converter. Leave a little slack in the cable and bolt the other ends to the frame. Thieves might cut the pipe if they don’t notice the cable but won’t want to spend the time trying to cut or undo the cabling. If they do maybe there will be enough time to tee off on their head. Remember to take out the getaway driver first!

June 18, 2008 at 5:10 pm
(135) Alaks says:

My 2007 Acura MDX Catalytic converter was swiped just yesterday, in Issaquah Park and Ride, WA!

Damn those people doing this!!

June 21, 2008 at 10:03 am
(136) roger finn says:

We have two VW LT35 vans and have had both convertors stolen from outside our premises….Won’t happen again we shall make sure.

June 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm
(137) Doug says:

My Cat and muffler were sawed off clean on my 1985 Toyota 4runner(Rickshaw)last week in Seattle and only noticed after starting the car at 5am with a loud noise. Parked on the curb in front of my house and church. I knew what happened based on recent news reports of theft. Not sure if it is worth the cost of repair, but I will report for crime stat purposes

June 23, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(138) Timmy J. says:

They got my 93 Corolla at a park and ride while I was at work. They cut mine off, so not only do I need a converter, I need a downpipe and a midpipe.

June 26, 2008 at 3:08 am
(139) Evan Ramos says:

Good evening,

I am a victim of the recent cat theft. In fact, it happened tonight sometime whie I was at work. On a typical work day, I park my forrunner at the Roomstore parking lot right north of the Islands Burger restaurant for the vanpool. It must’ve happened between 230pm-11pm, because when I left it, the cat was there. Then just like everyone else, I start it and this loud, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH…I was only aware of it because it happened at my work a few times so when I’d drive in, I would always check on it. Man, this sux cause I just had the front end fixed and it was an arm and a leg. I already made a police report, the truck is okay, and I’m safe. There must be something that could be done. That reminds me, I need to let everyone else know what happened and we need to change the vanpoo site…at least park at a place where there is security patrolling constantly…Mahalo for letting me comment on your site! Good Night…

June 26, 2008 at 11:21 am
(140) David Cornetet says:

Mine got swiped off my Toyota Sequoia yesterday. Might invest in a CatClamp Theft deterrant to discourage them from taking my new one which will probably cost me ~$1200. I’d like to get my hands on the Thief or the guys buying the parts.

June 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm
(141) GARY MAROTTA says:

i am a new car toyota dealership in atlanta i have been hit twice for over 40 cats (replacement almost $100k in replacement. The atlanta market has been hit not only at my store but 5 other franchises as well. until scrap metal dealers are regulated and serious investigative work gets going there is no end to the madness of catalytic theft!

June 27, 2008 at 1:35 am
(142) Paul says:

Had my converter stolen from my 99 4Runner today in Tempe, AZ. The dealershup quoted me at $1500 to replace it, I’m sure it will be more when they see that it was cut outside the flanges so it’s going to require welding some extensions on to make up for the lost pipe. It kind of sucks that this web page is sponsored by these guy’s:
#1 buyers of catalytic converters Any Quantity Simple process


June 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm
(143) Rod Craven says:

I just had mine stolen in broad daylight from works parking lot. I made the mistake of parking on the side of the building that had no window. We have 200 employees so they must not have any fear. Hope they start fining some these scrap places for paying these thugs for stolen items. Any idea how much a converter for a ’97 toyota tacoma V6 goes for?

June 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(144) shauna says:

this might be a first on the comment list:

they sawed-off my catalytic converter on my jeep grand cherokee laredo last summer, and today i noticed they tried again. it was parked 5 ft in front of my house! they only got 1/3 of the way through, so i’m hoping i can find someone to seal/weld it!

i will spare readers the long list of profanities that should follow.

June 28, 2008 at 11:35 am
(145) jeff perreira says:

Yep…got the CC from my ’96 T100 at the Old Town Trolly Station San Diego. No cameras or Transit Police in the lot. These lots seem to be a magnet for these thiefs. Amazing lack of security post-911!

June 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm
(146) Rhea says:

I lost my cat during the night where my 94 olds cutlass was parked on the side street next to my house in KCMO. Didn’t know the problem til a mechanic checked out the roar and showed me the saw on either side of the cat. $155.11. Maybe a ring or an ind, who knows for sure, but definitely an epidemic in this area!

June 29, 2008 at 2:23 am
(147) Orion Denali says:

UNREAL! I just googled Cat Thefts & found this site. Yep, got mine stolen off my Ford SuperCrew 4×4 at my job in broad daylight. My Screw4x4 sits up high & there were Evergreen trees blocking the Security’s view. Fortunately they took only 1 of 4 & my replacement cost was only $312. Keeping that puppy out in the open now!

June 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm
(148) Shawn Eison says:

My Cat was stolem this monrning June 29 taken off a 91 nissan pick up , clean removal, cut right through the pipe. Theives are a real asset to our peace of mind.

June 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm
(149) Anne Harpen says:

About 2 years ago I was taking part in a sleep study and had to stay over several nights in a sleep lab to do so. On the 4th morning I came out and started up my 1995 Toyota 4Runner only to hear what sounded like a jet engine. I was afraid to drive for fear of getting at ticket. I didn’t really know what had happened at the time. I took it straight to my mechanic who called me as soon as he got under there and told me what had happened. Fortunately it was covered by my comprehensive insurance. I was so upset and lost a whole day of work because of it.I guess theft is easier that just going out and getting a job? This sounds a lot like work to me. They has to use a Sawzall to get this off and I have heard that some scrap metal places aren’t accepting these if they suspect they are stolen.

June 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm
(150) Anne Harpen says:

By the way I live in Cincinnati and only googled now because somebody just got one stolen out of our work lot.

June 30, 2008 at 6:01 pm
(151) Beto says:

Drove to work, got off hours early, then when to run errands and what was 2 hours tops of my 1992 Toyota Truck parked outside on the street, some worthless, lazy piece of crap managed to steal mine.
My repairs will cost: 550 Dollars, because it was discovered that this worthless piece of garbage didn’t know what he was doing.

So, it’s not just nice Toyota SUV’s, my trusty old Toyota got it too.

There has to be a way to prevent this from happening.

June 30, 2008 at 11:56 pm
(152) Greg says:

Tried to get My ’93 toyota pickups about a month ago,they only got half off. Put it back on. They can back last weekend and took it and my 2001 toyota sitting next to it. Police would only do report over phone and the lady was rude to me. $1900 later but better than going to jail had I caught them. If they do it again I’m going to put a straight pipe in its place. Screw they enviroment!

July 1, 2008 at 5:42 pm
(153) Alex says:

1997 4Runner – sawn off at the BART commuter public guarage in Millbrae, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). Sswa another Toyota at the same/garage – looks like it was a convenient location to get a bunch of cats at once. They knew owners will not be back soon.
I only have liability and was told an estimate of up to $2k at the local shop. Not even sure if I should fix it seeing how easy to loose one.

July 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(154) HB Tacoma says:

Nagged my whole apartment complex two nights ago in Huntington Beach, CA. All Tacomas and 4-Runners got their converters stolen. It cost me $1100 to replace. It pisses me off that they sell them for $30-$40. If I catch someone doing this I swear to god I’ll strangle them.

July 3, 2008 at 10:58 am
(155) jason o says:

they just got me yesterday

July 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm
(156) Matt says:

picture this:
- husband walking up to 92 toyota pick up truck, starting the car, loud noise
- gardener pulling up to mow the lawn and saying, ‘i know what’s wrong w/ your car.. your catalytic converter’s stolen. it happened to a friend of mine’
- husband looking under the truck
- cc gone

it _really_ sucks.. bad economy sucks, thieves suck, gas price sucks.

thieves…thanks for starting our 4th of july weekend with a call to the police

July 4, 2008 at 7:59 am
(157) Rita G. says:

I had my ’94 Honda Accord LX stolen from my place of business on June 30, 2008 …in broad daylight. My Supervisor saw one of the people who had smiled & waved at her as she was leaving work. When she topped the hill, she saw my Honda at the opposite end but she didn’t make the connection. I’m thinking about another car but from reading various comments, It doesn’t appear that I’ll be in any better shape with another car. Thanks for listening.

July 4, 2008 at 6:07 pm
(158) CalGirl says:

Have any of you guys checked out the CATCUFF? It’s a security system to lock up the catalytic converter and prevent theft. My friend just installed one after hers was stolen off her truck. I’d be interested to hear more from anyone who’s tried it.

July 5, 2008 at 10:05 am
(159) Rachael says:

I didn’t think this kind of thing would happen in my townhouse community, let alone to my 1997 Honda CRV that needs a lot of work…except the new exhaust system that was just replaced in August 2007 and has now been swiped (catalytic converter). My vehicle sits in from of my townhouse in a somewhat quiet community about 20 miles North of Cincinnati, Ohio…but somehow these thieves “quietly” removed some parts from my vehicle throughout the nightime while we were sleeping…of course it was a perfect time since fireworks were going off most of the night since it was the Fourth of July. The officer thought it might just be a random incident or maybe a deliberate crime against me since we have not had any reports of this type around here (except the gas siphoning out of large tank SUV’s) but it’s too soon to tell this early in the weekend if other reports start to roll in. This is the third time I’ve been affected by crime with my poor little vehicle (other two were at a park near my job).

July 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm
(160) andy says:

7/05/08 i make two dollars and hour as a server in a restasurant. just got off work and my Catalytic Converter is missing from my 1987 toyota truck. two other cars in the same pasrking lot are missing there Catalytic Converter. day light.. no video in the parking lot for employees or customers.

July 6, 2008 at 4:41 pm
(161) Bill Cole says:

Discovered my SR5 V6 catcon was stolen somtime in the last 3 days \. Parked in front of my home. Scared the s— out of me when I turned the motor over. Filed a Police report and Ins claim. Have no idea what the costs will be, since it’s the 4th of July weekend. Hope they catch those Bas—-s.

July 6, 2008 at 9:57 pm
(162) Eugene says:

My Toyota 4wd truck got hit for the second time during the early morning of July 6. About a year ago, the cat was unbolted and I could replace it with a new one. I welded the nuts and rounded the edges of the bolt heads with a hole saw. This time the thief used a pipe cutter and I will have to replace the entire exhaust system. It is clear that some sort of net to retain the cat, and some sort of tamper alarm is required. This sort of thing will continue as long as stolen cats can be fenced.

July 7, 2008 at 5:06 am
(163) Rodney G says:

Santa Clarita, Calif. – My catcon was quietly removed from my 2001 Tacoma while I slept. The irony here was that the very last local news item I read before going to bed at 10:30p.m. was that there was 8 of them were ripped off across town the night before! I got in my truck at 4:30a.m. and made the discovery. The sheriffs responded quickly and were very sympathetic and professional.It cost me $280 to have replaced. In spite of warning a co-worker that lives 3 miles away, his got ripped also. Why aren’t the scrap dealers required to take a picture of the “customer” with the scrap he is submitting and provide a valid driver’s license for identification? Any dealer with integrity would HAVE to know that these parts are stolen. I’m 53 years old and have NEVER taken even ONE catcon to the scrap yard. Isn’t it a bit suspicious when some crackhead brings 20 a week into your scrap yard? Yeah, I know, it’s not YOUR problem, you are only providing a service for the public and you shouldn’t be the police too. Leaving a comment on this site will not fix the problem so I will be focusing my energy to the lawmakers. In the mean time, I’ve got an old 3-Wood waiting for the tweakers to return and I’m not shy about using it!

July 7, 2008 at 12:25 pm
(164) Rob says:

Long Beach, CA
Mine was stolen from my ’94 Toyota Pickup last Wed. night. I’ve heard horror stories about costly repairs, but my replacement was only $120 from Kragen Auto Parts, and I put it on myself in about 1/2 hour. It helps if you have 2 people and /or a jack to hold the unit in place while you bolt it in. For extra insurance, I took the truck down to the local muffler shop and had the bolts and flanges welded for $20. LB police came out on Sunday and dusted my truck for prints, but found none.

July 7, 2008 at 11:04 pm
(165) Clint says:

I beat the crooks to the punch. I removed my converters on my 96 jimmy and my 92 chevy truck and sold them myself. I figure if anyone gets the money for my stuff it will be me and not them. And when the stealing comes to an end (If it ever does) i’ll replace the converters if I still have the same vehicles. As of right now my state don’t have an emissions check so i’m ok for now.

July 7, 2008 at 11:06 pm
(166) Clint says:

I beat the crooks to the punch. I removed my converters on my 96 jimmy and my 92 chevy truck and sold them myself and replaced them with a piece of pipe (It don’t affect the running at all). I figure if anyone gets the money for my stuff it will be me and not them. And when the stealing comes to an end (If it ever does) i’ll replace the converters if I still have the same vehicles. As of right now my state don’t have an emissions check so i’m ok for now.

July 8, 2008 at 3:43 am
(167) Dawn says:

Napped the cat off my ’95 4 runner while at work in a hospital. $400.00 to replace it. It’s welded but I’m looking into the catclamp for further protection. Til then will ride my bike to work. I would like to unbolt the mofo’s that did this.

July 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm
(168) Jacob says:

just googled “catalytic converter theft” and your blog came up. i just fired up our church’s 15 passenger van about 20 minutes ago and was very suprised by what i heard. looked under the van and sure enough there’s about 3 feet of pipe missing including the catalytic converter. right out of the church parking lot. oh well.

July 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(169) Terry says:

Yep! July 5th, nice sunny day, I’m at work with my 97 Toyota 4-runner parked right outside my building next to the main street with 6 other cars in a very safe open place park in quiet Snohomish. Someone used a Sawsall to remove my catalytic converter. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten out of a car faster, when I started my car and it sounded like a giant harley inside my car. What I don’t understand is the EXTREME price differences in the repair job. $200. to $3500. the higher being quoted by a Toyota service department in Edmonds. Are they trying to take advantage of our predictament?
Is anyone else getting extreme estimates?

July 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm
(170) Kim says:

I too had recently seen a news story from a local Los Angeles broadcast about the thefts. Two weeks ago we started up our 1991 Nissan Pickup only to discover our cat was gone. We called the Sheriff’s department and was told that we are only one of many in the area. When the officer came out to take the report he told us that our local Nissan dealership was hit several nights before and they took 14 cats, right off the lot.

Got a call this morning from a detective that said they got a guy with 3 cats that admitted to stealing them. He wants us to come in and “positively identify” our cat.(Uhh, OK)He also asked us to get a quote on the repairs from the local dealership, he’s hoping for over $500.00 so they can get the guy for a felony. Let’s just say the labor quote alone was $325.00. See ya buddy!!

July 9, 2008 at 4:20 am
(171) Luke says:

Just last night my catalytic converter was stolen from my 1997 Toyota 4Runner (Mocha Freeze) right in front of my house in Everett. I spoke with the sheriff and she said that the scrappers only give them about $20 for the platinum. If they would come to my door I would give them $20 if they asked so that I would not have to go through this hassle!

Terry- where did you get the quote for $200?

July 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm
(172) Russel says:

Heard about this on the radion yesterday and sure enough, the next morning I started my 94 4Runner parked in front of the house and it sounded like a Harley. Cost $250 at the local Meineke shop to replace. Do they make them without the metals?

July 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm
(173) Amy says:

mine was stolen this morning!! My neighbor heard the sawing noises at 6am and looked out his window to see two men, one in their car waiting and the other one hurrying out from under my truck with the cat in hand! I was VERY pissed this morning when I came out to see this had happened. it’s going to cost me $500+. What the hell?!?! What is wrong with people?

July 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm
(174) sandy says:

i parked in the parking lot where i work at a retail stroe all day today and when i went to go home – same thing. i knew something was wrong with my exhaust system. my mechanic immediately suspected theft of my converter and he was right!!! i have the same issue – a week from now when i have a new one installed, will they be back again? what will the losers of the world come up with next?

July 10, 2008 at 11:54 am
(175) Amy says:

My sister’s catalytic converter was cut off her Nissan pick-up in a Tri-Met Park and Ride here in Portland. She apparently got off easy with a $500 repair. (Still tough for her budget.) A new catalytic converter ant-theft device has been designed by an engineer (and victim) here in Portland and is being sold nationwide. Sells for $50 which is much less than the other product I’ve seen advertised (for $250!). It’s called the Cat Cuff and can be found at http://www.catcuff.com. It can easily be installed without special tools. My sister is installing one, in hopes of hanging on to this catalyic converter.

July 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(176) Barbara says:

My daughter’s ’98 4-runner was parked 5 spaces out at the Mall of Milennia in Orlando.She got in her car at 8:30pm and herd that same horrible noise! They got it!
She called the police and was told that there are cameras around the lot so maybe they will get some clues.

July 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm
(177) ron dearman says:

I read your article, and it all makes sense. I jumped into my Tacoma, turned the key, and it was louder than a Harley! I knew it was an exaust problem. This happened at the Saratoga Ridge apts. on 16th st. and Bell rd in Phoenix. I guess that our automatic security gates don’t do squat! At first I thought it was a pissed off ex whom may have gotten a guy to sabotage me. Now it is clear that this wasn’t the case. Maybe I can get another one on craig’s list(it could be my old one! lol!) The worst part, is that I lost my job, broke, and this is an expensive part. What has this world come to? Maybe some meth head sold it for the platinum. Your idea of welding the bolts on may work.

July 10, 2008 at 11:41 pm
(178) Brian says:

Thieves stole my entire vehicle from an ORV park in Washington and the cops would not even show up to take a report! They don’t care because they say it’s only property. I am livid!!

July 11, 2008 at 2:28 am
(179) Nathan says:

This afternoon, after work, truck sounds like every post above this one, so I check below and sure enough, it’s gone. Cut with a sawzall, or something. I’ll get a quote tomorrow. Pretty upset. All the usual thoughts: I’m waiting, laying low with a baseball bat when they come back, etc., etc.

July 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm
(180) mike says:

Three vehicles with stolen catalytic converters in one day. Nice aye. Not

July 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm
(181) Yvonne says:

Mine was stolen in Hilliard (Columbus)Ohio on June 26th. 2005 Chevy Venture Mini Van. Filed a police report but not one word of it in the local paper. Lowered my deductible to $250 for only $16 more every 6 months! We should start a “CC Patrol Club”! Glad my misery has company, thanks for your stories.

July 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(182) Terry says:

Airport Welding in Snohomish and Eastside Tire and Muffler on Ave D in Snohomish had the best prices.

July 13, 2008 at 2:26 am
(183) Joie says:

Our Toyota 4Runner had it’s catalytic converter stolen sometime in the last two weeks. We don’t drive it everyday so it sits in front of our home.
It turns out that our neighbor had his stolen too out of his Tundra. Crazy!
Our Insurnace company is taking care of most of the costs. We have a $100 deductible.

July 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm
(184) cr says:

My 2003 Tundra had the catalytic converter and all the oxygen sensors stolen while I was at work. The cost to replace everything was over $3000.00. Picked it up Friday and the check engine came on, now they are saying that there must be a problem with my engine. There was nothing wrong with my car before this happened.

July 15, 2008 at 1:36 am
(185) Joel says:

I just had my second one stolen off my 4Runner, the first one they took off my Toyota Pickup truck. Something needs to be done about this.

July 15, 2008 at 7:22 am
(186) DANN says:

My 2004 honda element had its cat cut out from under it. While I was looking under my car to find out what the loud noise was I noticed several other cars with their muffler systems hanging in the same fashion mine was. They got 4 others in my apartment complex that I could see. Shame on those that accept stolen cats they are just as guilty. When a man walks in with 5 cut cats it should sound an alarm to the company recieving them.

July 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm
(187) Efrain Franco says:

My 2002 Toyota Sequoia was hit yesterday at the train station parking lot (San Francisco Bay Area) – located about 200 yards from the train police station. The Sequoia’s have two cat’s. Luckily my insurance is going to cover it.

July 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm
(188) Christa Avampato says:

Hi Jason,
Thanks for your article. I just discovered the theft of my catalytic converter this morning. What a disaster, and what a sad statement on the times we live in…


July 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm
(189) Lill Bo says:

You need to check out the CatClamp. I ordered one a while back for my 4-runner. It was custom made for my vehicle so it fit perfect. My dad put it on for me and it went on great. I haven’t had any problems. My brother on the other hand tried to one up me and ordered the “cuff” last week for his tacoma. He got it Sat. He got it on as tight as he could, but he actually could still move the converter through the wires. Then he went out on the town Sat. night and he came into the parking lot in time to scare them off but not before they cut through the cables with one of those saw things. So they still could have gotten it if they had more time. I am sorry “cuff” guys, but I will pay the little extra up front, You get what you pay for my Dad always taught me, cause now he is going to have to order it again, but I think I have him talked into a CatClamp. Will let ya’s know-

July 17, 2008 at 10:01 am
(190) Raleigh victim says:

NC is having many thefts of cats, to include my Toyota Sequoia this week . . . which has two and makes it a prime target for scumbag thieves. Parking in conspicuous locations doesn’t seem to make a difference as they come quickly and cut them out without notice.

July 17, 2008 at 5:52 pm
(191) P*ssed Off says:

I sincerely hope to run into the people who cut mine off last night.

In the middle of the night the Sawzall they used would have sure looked ALOT a gun when I told them to get out from underneath the vehicle.


That saw certainly looked like a sawed off shotgun to me in the dark officer.

Dirty rotten ^@%$#@#’s they are.

July 17, 2008 at 7:33 pm
(192) In Shock says:

Unbelievable, I had no idea this was going on. Our ’99 Toyota Tacoma just was a victim this afternoon, in our Park & Ride lot. Of course my emissions test is due by the end of this month. But I dread the thought of replacing it only to have it happen again.

July 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(193) Anne says:

2006 Toyota Highlander, in the Valhalla train station parking lot (Westchester County, NY): $2000.

July 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(194) NormandyParkChris says:

My ’99 Toyota Tacoma was hit yesterday at my park and ride. I had never heard about this before yesterday. The just hack sawed the pipe on both ends to get mine out. They also nicked the transmission fluid line in the process, so I also had to be towed to the repair shop. Toyota quoted me +$1800 for the repair, and Midas came in at $1200. Sounds like this epidemic is not hurting business at their repair shops one bit. A little notification from Toyota would had been nice if they are being targeted. We have been thinking about getting a second car lately, now I am seriously re-thinking buying a Toyota again.

July 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(195) eddie says:

Just got hit yesterday on one of my car sales lots in Chicago. They clean cut off the cats on a 07 4Runner and a 06 Sienna Van.

$1100 to replace everything. Nice to come off my bottom line.

July 19, 2008 at 1:46 am
(196) Copperhead says:

Since I will be yanking off the Cat from my Jeep Liberty soon, thanks for the info on the platinum in them. I will take it to a scrap dealer and get some money. Was going to just trash it after I took it off and replaced it with a piece of straight pipe. Oh… the Jeep I got is a diesel and no oxy sensors, so the vehicle will never know it’s gone and maybe it will appreciate it since the engine will be able to empty the cylinders easier.

July 19, 2008 at 8:29 am
(197) Ron says:

Upper Marlboro Md.
Well, I joined the club yesterday. Me and my wife went to one of the larger chain grocery stores at 8:15pm. We parked not to far from the entrance, well lite lot, security cameras, people coming and going. Came out at 8:45pm and started my 1997 Toyota 4runner to the sound of a Mack truck. Catalytic converter gone along with the O2 sensor. Wouldn’t you know it. I just dropped full coverage on this vehicle last month. I don’t know yet what the bill is going to be. Report these thefts to your police dept. and legistrators. Something has to be done to stop this, like going after the scrap metal yards, who buy them. I am going to invest in the protection guards for both of my vehicles.

July 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm
(198) andy says:

KY police investigate auto part thefts
Enquirer staff • July 19, 2008
DRY RIDGE – Kentucky State Police are investigating a series of catalytic converter thefts in Bracken, Robertson and Pendleton counties.

Most of the thefts occurred at night to vehicles parked on streets, parking lots and in driveways. The most common vehicles targeted are Toyota pickup trucks and sedans and Dodge pickups, troopers said.

The thieves typically use a pipe cutter to remove the catalytic converters, which are sold at recycling businesses. Investigators have said thieves can get up to $140 for the auto part.

The thefts are so pervasive in Kenton County that a judge last week held a man charged with stealing a catalytic converter on a $10,000 cash bond. In the past, someone charged with a similar crime would be held on a $1,000 or $500 bond.

Just as in Kenton County, Boone County officials have said thieves are so brazen they are stealing the auto part from under cars in broad daylight.

A state law that went into effect Tuesday is meant to combat metal thefts. It requires metal dealers to record purchases and keep the records for two years. Dealers are required to provide the forms to law enforcement agencies to identify metal thieves, according to Kentucky State Police.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call state police Post No. 6 at 859-428-1212.
my converter was stolen july off my 1987 toyota truck in florence,
ky. $1300 to replace. my insurance wants to pay me $330.00 because of depreciation

July 20, 2008 at 11:11 pm
(199) Dave H. says:

Own 2 Nissan trucks(’96 & ’97). One hit last December, the other on 7-17. I live in Glendale, AZ. In addition to local unscrupulous scrap dealers, EBay should ban the selling of converters. Thousands for sale at this moment!

July 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm
(200) Alane says:

Just had mine stolen over the weekend. Cost $334 to replaced it at Midas. They welded the bolts this time, but if the thieves want it, they will probably just take the whole exhaust system next time… which will cost me even more to replace.

People who steal don’t even care that they are hurting other people. Bastards!

July 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm
(201) Krumblez says:

London SE6, England. Had cat from 2003 Ford Transit van removed, caught on cctv from 00:17 checking van then back at 02:24 to remove, police said they would call me in three days, it has now been three days and no call, hardly suprising – have reported crimes with no response. Had new unit fitted today at cost of £180, pretty cheap really.. Still very gutting and angry.. I’m gonna run cables abound the cat and bolt them inside the body through holes I will drill in the van floor, will hopefully deter further theft…

July 22, 2008 at 1:36 am
(202) Garrett says:

My converter was also stolen today at the Issaquah Park & Ride in WA.

July 22, 2008 at 6:32 am
(203) James says:

The trend for catalytic converter theft is spreading across the world. I fill your pain because I myself was a victim for this stupid costly crime. Rule of thumb applies to this crime trend I guess, “If it’s worth anything someone will steal it”. Protecting the under carriage of your vehicle is something new in the security world. Until now this area has not been targeted for theft. Gas tank drilling or punching as well has exploded on the police radar once the gas prices reached 3dollars a gallon.
I am the CEO for a specialty security company called Steal Armor. Our company monitored this crime wave and found little interest from most of the security manufactures to address this trend. The need is there for a product that consumers could use to protect the catalytic converter and your gas tank from drilling. So we went to work and designed our own. We call it Prearmor named after our line of Portable Alarm Systems. This add-on sensor creates an invisible zone underneath your vehicle that sets off your alarm if it is violated. We tested it on several vehicle and found the results astonishing. Dial in the sensitivity and the undercarriage is secured from any person sliding under the vehicle to cut off your cat or drill a hole in your gas tank. Steal Armor has just released this product. We have had inquiries from overseas customers, law enforcement agencies about this product. Steal Armor is a small company that believes common sense goes a long way when you need to solve a problem. Thanks for the chance to inform your readers. Will post a link on Steal Armor web site if you would like. Great Blog. James

July 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm
(204) Marci says:

Last night my catalytic converter was sawed off in the middle of the night outside my home in Indianapolis on my 1999 4-Runner. Thank God they didn’t cut the oxygen sensor or it would have been $1100. For $180 I got it fixed. I am currently clearing out my garage so I can park in there. I am major peeved.

July 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm
(205) Ken says:

They stole BOTH cat conv off of my 2000 Tundra on Friday. It would be $3,198 with Toyota parts but the insurance company will only pay for aftermarket…. $1555 at Midas.

July 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm
(206) CARLOS says:


July 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(207) Gil says:

Glen Burnie, MD – Well, I too am a victim. Ex wife borrowed my 94 Toyota 4×4 last nite to move stuff today. She called me this morning to say the truck sounded way too loud, and there was a pipe hanging down. Went to check it, crawled under and couldn’t believe my eyes – the whole friggen cat was gone, cut with a sawzall. Fortunately they didnt get the O2 sensor, but I am still pissed as hell. Did a police report but what good will that do? Gonna fix it myself and if I ever catch the friggen fools who took my cat they won’t be happy campers, thats for sure!

July 22, 2008 at 8:18 pm
(208) Michael says:

They got mine today at work. Toyota Pick-up, right in the middle of the parking lot. How can they do this? Police can’t do anything, oh well. I always wanted a motorcycle.

July 22, 2008 at 11:26 pm
(209) Laura says:

I didn’t even know what my catalytic converter looked like until today – stolen from my 98 4 Runner in a busy bank parking lot while i was inside for a meeting! and there was security guards inside! go figure! I jumped out of my seat when i started the engine -it sounded like a Harley!! About a 16 inch section of pipe sawed off – how do i know if they took the O2 sensor – can you tell by looking? Any advice on how to keep the cost down when getting it replaced – have the insurance companies been good about covering the costs?

July 22, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(210) John says:

I wish I had known 4Runners were a major target. I left work at 9 p.m. tonight only to hear the shocking sound others have talked about. A quick look confirmed my fears. Hopefully a parking lot camera can be made clearer by police. I could see a small green 4 door car pull close to mine at 8:13 pm and pull away at 8:17 pm. That’s quick. Any advice on the repair?

July 23, 2008 at 9:11 am
(211) John Fulton says:

A friend lost her Cat Converter in NY and Toyota wants $3500 to replace. The Cat itself is about $275 + shipping so what’s up with that? Also crusing the net I found this site: http://catclamp.com/
for a Cat Converter security cage to deter would be theives at $225+s&h.

July 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm
(212) Brianna says:

Well…I’m not longer a virgin on having something stolen….my 1997 4-Runner “Tina”, just got her catalytic converter stolen. The jerks who did it removed about a 2 foot section of the pipe and just took the whole thing. They did this in my very, very public work parking lot in broad daylight. We even have security guards that patrol the area and they still had the balls to do it. Jeezzzz…all I can say is hopefully what goes around comes around. In the meantime, I’m out quite a chunk of change!

July 24, 2008 at 4:50 am
(213) David says:

Ugh! Thieves attacked my old but very dependable 1989 Toyota 4×4. To steal the catalytic converter they cut in the pipe in front and in back of the converter. In other words, an entire exhaust system is needed. I’m going to have to get a custom pipe to connect the gap between the pipes.

July 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(214) david marren says:

yes, my son had the same thing happen to him at ucf in central fla, apparently at nite, someone cut out his catalytic converter on his 1999 honda crv! unbelievable, what people won’t steal, i guess it’s a sign of the times

July 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(215) Tipper says:

’99 Honda CRV, Brooklyn, NY. My son is (was!) using the car this summer to get out of the city on occasion when he started it up and, in his words, “it sounds like those junkers you here around town.” We had horrid dreams of faulty valves and cracked cylinder heads (common on this year CRV when they go 100,000+ miles: $2000+ repair) when his mechanic said it was likely exhaust, instead. That euphoria lasted as long as it took for the mechanic to take a closer look. Yep, the cat was cut out, damaging many other parts. Estimated cost to repair/replace – yep, $2000+. Sounds like our insurance will cover most of it, which is good. I think we’ll bring the car home and get it sold, our plan when I bought a Rav4 in May. Now, I’m nervous about that car!

July 25, 2008 at 2:46 am
(216) Suzi says:

I am p#24off. Came back from vacation and the aholes had taken the cat off our Toyota Tacoma. We live in Northern California in a small town where we used to not lock our doors. I am feeling like others, if I ever catch those aholes, they are going to feel a sawzal in their private areas.

July 25, 2008 at 8:13 am
(217) Shelly says:

Well, mine was stolen yesterday for the SECOND time…I have a ’00 4Runner and I just lost my job. It’s really ridiculous and am considering selling my car because I can’t keep dropping money into it like this, especially if it takes only minutes for them to swipe it. Will an alarm really work? I love my car–I waited 25 years to get a 4Runner, and have only had it 4 years. Trying to find gated parking in Chicago is a bit difficult too =( Any suggestions on an awesome alarm would be helpful

July 25, 2008 at 12:26 pm
(218) Greg says:

I was a victim (second attempt) on Wednesday July 16,2008. They got my converter off of my 1997 Toyota Tacoma. Lucky they did not crawl under my 2007 Fj Cruiser and cut it off too.
The sad thing is our local agencies do not have the manpower to lean on the local recycleing facilities. AAA told me that this will cost the average home in California a $100.00 increase on their insurance over the next year if something is not done to stop this. So this is costing everyone!!!

July 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm
(219) Doug says:

ditto – 94 4Runner at Bear Creek P&R in Redmond, WA last night. The sense of violation… So much for trying to fight the high cost of gas by taking the bus to work…

July 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(220) Michelle says:

My boyfriends Toyota 4 Runner’s Cat was ALMOST removed this morning at 1AM. My boyfriend and I were AWAKE and watching tv with the LIGHTS ONa nd his car parked right OUT FRONT. Heard a funny noise…caught them in the act which scared them off and now it’s at the dealer getting fixed. They didn’t take it but one end was sawed through and some bolts were missing with wires cut….what’s sad is we couldn’t get a description of them or license plate number. DUARTE, California.

July 25, 2008 at 6:34 pm
(221) AZ Chick says:

Phoenix, AZ – had ours stolen (sawed off) last night from a ’98 4runner parked right in front of our house. It’s a relatively nice, quiet community. I would have rather handed the thief $40. TWEEKERS ARE RUINING EVERYONE’S LIVES, not just their own.

July 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm
(222) 2 Rusty says:

This morning got into my 07 Prerunner and it took a while to notice a strange sound like a hole in the muffler. Ran it into the dealship and they told me someone had made a cut into the cat. They did not get all the way through. They said I was really lucky this time as someone must have scared them off. I do not have a garage to put truck in and am last house next with no other place to park. Looking for some kind of alarm or get big dog.

July 25, 2008 at 11:43 pm
(223) Vickie says:

Hubby just called me from work. Went to move his “90 Toyota SR5 closer to the building(hospital parking garage), and yep, his cat was stolen! This happened between 3PM-7PM. I am so PO’d- his truck was hit by another car a couple weeks ago, so we just had bodywork and a new paint job done-now this! I hope the repairs aren’t too much, I know he can do the work once he gets the part but money is so tight right now. Guess he needs to ride the motorcycle more often until the rainy season.

July 26, 2008 at 12:51 am
(224) Sam says:

There is something you can do to stop this theft, but it is custom work by a competent metal smith. Get 3/8 water hardening drill rod and have the metal smith shape the rod to run the length of the exhaust, and across the heat shield of the cat. After shaping, the metal smith hardens it by heating until bright and quenching it with water, followed by low temperature heating until blue. He then welds it to the exhaust pipe, and cat. When the thief attempts to cut the pipe, he will run into the hardened rod. At that point the saw blade will fail.

July 26, 2008 at 11:18 am
(225) Wilson says:

I do share car pool. i was parled in our favorate pak and ride park in Erringer exit of Simi Valley, California. When returned back and turned my 1995 Nisson Quest Van I found out that my Catalytic Converter was stolen! What a way to start my vacation. What ever I saved up in gas money is going to go to pay for replacement converter and then some. This is unfair. POlice and insurance companies are taking their usual stand! IT WAS IN NEWS PAPER NOT LONG AGO!
Where can I get a replacement “USED” converter? THANKS for information.

July 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(226) jeff perreira says:

In an update to my comments (#145), I had searched around for San Diego for a solution. I reviewed the catclamp and catcuff websites. I finally decided to visit a fabricator in El Cajon, Ca. John Mets at Revenge Motorsports fabricated a skid plate that prevents easy removal. A very clean and functional approach. Can’t cut the pipes and pull the cat through. He did a first-rate job for just a tad more than the catclamp. My ’96 T100 has 210K on it, so the chance that I’ll have to remove the cat is low, but I could, with some time, get it done. Mine was the first Revenge had done, and it is really sweet. Thanks to John and his crew!! PS, I get nothing for this endorsement, just appreciate well-engineered and executed work. I still hate tweekers as much as ever. Some thiefs were finally caught locally…not much coverage. A shame all us working stiffs are so ignored! Thanks all, and best of luck with whatever security measures you implement. JP

July 27, 2008 at 12:31 pm
(227) Cara says:

My boyfriend had his cat stolen off his Jeep Cherokee on my quiet little street in Chicago. The guys who replaced said it’s a growing epidemic here as well, but thankfully he was able to get his replaced for less than $300.

July 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm
(228) suvs says:

Great idea, Jeff. I’ve spent some time under Moose trying to figure out how to protect the cat with a reasonable investment. What did you to to prevent overheating? Is there still enough airflow with the new skidplate?

July 27, 2008 at 8:00 pm
(229) jeff perreira says:

That was one of my first questions, and yes, there is air flow around the unit. If I hit the creek hard, water will spill out and not collect. Front and rear sections (2 seperate pieces) have openings for air flow. Secured with lots of SS allen bolts with the hole mushroomed to prevent unscrewing. If I ever need to remove the cat, I’ll have to grind lots of bolts. Nothing is foolproof, but the time it would take to get through this fabrication will most likely prevent another theft, especially at the train station. Way too much time and noise. The quickest way to remove would be to gring half a dozen bolts to the rear plate, the try to pull the cat out that way (I think it’s too big for that, anyway).

July 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm
(230) Robert Papac says:

My son is a college student and when he parked his 4-Runner at his work place in Bakersfield, his catalytic converter was cut off.
I called my insurance at “Allstate” and they said this was considered an act of Vandalism, so it wasn’t covered.
I would advise everyone to check their policies to see if they’re covered against this type of “Vandalsim.”

July 28, 2008 at 4:23 am
(231) Rich says:

my cat was just snatched…. 97 4-runner…. i never heard anything about it but i’m an inventer that now has a solution…. i’ll send you the url when the legal stuff and product are ready to be made avilable… it won’t be long…. after seeing what’s out there, i think i have them beat…. stay tuned…

July 28, 2008 at 11:39 am
(232) Jeff and Kat says:

Both my girlfriend and mine were taken this weekend in the weee early hours Saturday morning. It cost us $260 a piece for universal CC’s…. This is in Sacramento… I say to the thieves, “Next time you will not wake up from your coma induced by severe skull fractures and hemmorhage!” I’m from TX, and you will not escape next time!

July 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm
(233) Jeremy White says:

Catalytic converter theft is a huge issue for businesses… Here’s an article for car dealerships, parking lot managers and others seeking to stop professional CC thieves:
Catalytic Converter Theft + 9 Ways to Stop Catalytic Converter Thieves

July 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm
(234) maria says:

hi today is my birth-day and what sorprise my cat converter of my toyota tacoma 2004 was stolen i living in avondale az and apt complex is to frustation still wait for police to come iam not sure what is the price but iam really sad i not have to much money my husband today was his frist day a new job and we found this i clean house my self and is really sad for me sorry i read all post about cat converter Theft thank you for all your comment.

July 28, 2008 at 6:09 pm
(235) Mike says:

Had my converter swiped this weekend. My 1999 Nissan Frontier had been sitting in front of my house since Friday evening. My girlfriend started it on Sunday morning and it sounded like a dang Harley.

Worse yet, they grabbed the oxygen sensor and housing, too. They just cut the pipe and grabbed the whole enchilada. When I took it in, my mechanic heard me pull in and came out shaking his head.

“Catalytic converter?” he asked. Then he showed me the 1997 Frontier up on his rack that was missing its converter. $550 to replace. Egad.

July 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm
(236) jeff perreira says:

Sorry to hear Allstate feels that way…I have Nationwide and they handled it very well. Since Skippy has 210K on him, my deductable was a little higher, but this was the first of any claim I’d reported since early 1980′s. That’s also the first I’ve heard on this blog about an Ins Co not coming through, unless I’ve missed one.

July 29, 2008 at 12:57 am
(237) Jeremiah says:

I have been having car problems most of the year, and my Grand Am was parked in the alley behind my house, it serves as my official ‘drive way’. Well sometime between the last time I drove the car (late march) , and today (july) someone ripped off my catalytic converter! Seriously.

July 30, 2008 at 11:25 am
(238) Alex R says:

They cut out mine! Role dunder my car with some kind of power saw. The tow truck driver mentioned that he deals with 4-5 a week!

July 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm
(239) Ron says:

Just bolt a pipe in place of the converter. When it is time to SMOG replace the pipe with the converter. Once the SMOG check passes replace the converter with the pipe again.

More power, better gas millage

At least until the thief’s stop stealing them.

July 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm
(240) Hector says:

I guess I’m adding to the rising list??/
My cat converters got stolen from my 2007 Sequoia…I repairs on my suv will be $3400.00 – luckily im going thru my insurance, but still to go out of pocket $500.00 sucks.!!! Mine was stolen at a Park and Ride center in Santa Clarita, CA right off a busy street and freeway entrance….

*** I was told by some autobody that Toyota’s are easier to steal..(SUV’s or Trucks) not only is it higher off the ground, but the pipes are alot thinner than other SUV’s/Trucks making it easier to cut….

July 31, 2008 at 10:37 am
(241) Taco says:

dang dood… this thread is LONGGG!! I just got my 96 Tacoma cat ripped off… within an hour of turning off the engine! It had to be pretty hot! Bolts layin on the ground, the whole deal…. just like eveyone else’s story.

August 1, 2008 at 12:20 pm
(242) David says:

Our convertor was stolen and we parked RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR APARTMENT MANAGER’S APT. Plus we live in a GATED COMMUNITY!!!!!!

I am thinking of putting a steel guard over the convertor area and before doing that, attaching some sort of hangers onto the exhaust to try to slow down the thefts efforts.

VERY crazy that we are acting like such a third world country with this stuff!!!!!

August 3, 2008 at 12:27 pm
(243) Deltona Girl says:

My neighbor went to WalMart in Orange City last night and lost the CV on her SUV. A few months ago another friend parked at the Park & Ride in the middle of the day and found her Toyota van was a few pounds lighter and a lot louder when she returned three hours later. Next time I hope the Sawzall slips and cuts off something really important!

August 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm
(244) keith says:

They stole mine off my 91 toyota pickup in front of my house during the night, I never heard a thing. Neighbor knocked on the door and said my exhaust was hanging down and I looked underneath, sure enough cat is gone. They unbolded the front and used a pipe cutter on the back which makes no noise. Police did get some fingerprints off my running boards, I had just washed and waxed my truck 2 days before so maybe they are the perps and not mine.

August 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm
(245) Janelle says:

Just got back from a great weekend up at Clear Lake seeing Sammy Hagar, unpacked, got in my 97 4Runner to go the the grocery store and sure enough…I suddenly sounded like my boyfriends Harley. He came walking out and already knew as he dropped down on the sidewalk and saw where they had sawed it off.
We live in a great neighborhood-lots of families that watch out for each other here in West Sacramento and this crap makes you feel like you’ve had the air knocked out of you. Just like the copper yards, they need to start really paying attention the the jerks that come in with these to sell.

August 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm
(246) Robert says:

San Pedro CA. Hi Everyone,

I keep my nice 2003 Toyota Tacoma truck parked beside my house on 19th street, and a thief has stolen my catalytic converter.

I am shocked by this… That some Low-Life auto parts thief was probably laying under my truck undoing my catalytic converter in the middle of the night, only 9 feet away from my home. We have a nice neighborhood in San Pedro, CA, but it seems that the police could not care less about this theft, and they would not even send a officer out to meet with me. I asked the Harbor Division Police Dept. if I could have my car finger printed,
but they said I would need to make an appointment, mean while the car that I use to commute to work is sitting at the curb, useless. The police said that they would be mailing the police report to me by mail, but I want to know how they can give an accurate Police report without even seeing the scene of the crime.

I called South Bay Toyota and was quoted around $1200 to install a factory original replacement part, but that’s too much, so I called San Pedro Muffler, and they gave me a good price, around $300. Tim at San Pedro Muffler told me that these thefts are becoming a major problem for our area, and
he told me that just last week he had three Toyota trucks come in to have their stolen converters replaced. Tim also said that these trucks were from various streets that are just around my house.

I guess it is the price on Platinum (over $1600 an ounce) that is creating the market for scrap catalytic converts, but who is buying these stolen converters. Someone needs to do a little investigation and find out what company is buying these converters, and put an end to it. Expose this scrap metal company for what they are doing, It is illegal to accept stolen property!

This is the first theft I have ever experienced in my neighborhood, and I don’t like the feeling it gives me!

We need to step-up police activity, and penalize the scrap metal dealers who accept stolen property.

August 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm
(247) JSL55 says:

The scumbags stole mine off of a 1999 Tacoma Prerunner last Friday. Since our great state of California has different requirements, it cost $950 to replace (with my free labor) instead of the $200-$300 in the other 49 states.

August 4, 2008 at 6:15 pm
(248) jsl55 says:

To Robert #230. It should be covered under comprehensive. Ours was unbolted in the middle of the day at the medical offices on Stockdale Hwy across from CSUB. I’d lay money it’s the scum from the eastside, probably illegal aliens since 1/2 of them over there are illegal.

August 6, 2008 at 3:23 am
(249) Bob S. says:

You guys just replace the cat yourselves! It’s not that hard

August 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm
(250) Lisa says:

I was almost a victim this morning. Only the idiots decided to do it at 6:20 a.m. while I was getting for work and looking out a two-story bedroom window. One guy had actually gotten under my 4-Runner when I yelled out the window to get the hell out of there. Needless to say, they were in a hurry to get out of the area. After reading this article, I’m more paranoid since I live in a condominium community with no garages. I also caught someone trying to steal my son’s vehicle (Honda Civic) at 2:00 a.m. doing the same thing — looking out the window after getting up to go to the restroom. Damn scumbags! You’ve just got to keep your eyes open and alert all your neighbors to do the same thing.

August 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm
(251) darcy says:

Husband’s 1988 Nissan hit yesterday between 10am and noon in Richmond CA, noticed the truck was gone – found by CHP next day. FUN!

August 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm
(252) The Phantom says:

What a bunch of whiners. If, instead of being a victim, you would like to join me in the lucrative pastime of cat theft, I would recommend a Milwaukee 28-volt cordless Sawzall, available at Home Depot for $434. That sounds like a lot, but it cuts through exhaust piping like like it was a toasted breadstick (I can’t help laughing when the bolts are welded on), and it’s quiet. If you drape a quilted baby blanket over the pipe and the saw while cutting, the operation is almost inaudible, and then you can wrap the cat in the blanket for your get-away. Always use a lookout, remember that Japanese cats are the most valuable, and I’ll see you at the scrapyard! Good luck!

August 8, 2008 at 11:52 am
(253) john says:

Got my 3 feet of my exhaust system including the cat sawed off my Toyota Tacoma in my office parking lot during the day. The repair guy welded ½ rebar the whole length of the exhaust pipe to prevent future theft (or at least increase the saw time from a few seconds to 20 minutes) He charged $50 for his labor. Might be something to consider as preventative maintenance for all you Toyota Truck/SUV drivers out there still with a factory cat.

August 8, 2008 at 12:02 pm
(254) Pauline says:

I can’t believe that anyone would brag about stealing anything. I just had the cat cut off my 92 jeep cherokee on Tues – in the parking lot at work. It cost me around 300.00 to replace it – leaving me $100 to live on this week.

August 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm
(255) Ron says:

I guess im about number 260. Mine was stolen within an hour jus like most went to start up my 98 4runner and heard a suped up tractor i thought a truck was going by until it stop when i turned my baby off. I looked under and there was nothingness them azzez had sawed of my cat without even a kiss goodnite so now im searching for a cat w/o reporting it to insurance just in case i can get it for cheaper than the deductable can congress at least make a law on this horrific crime some1 needs to pay

August 9, 2008 at 8:10 pm
(256) scubasteve says:

I’m a manager at Burger King, just today I had to run to the store to pick up some light bulbs, and came right back to the store. I was in the store this time for no more than 30 minutes, and sure as hell it’s gone from 04 Nissan Frontier. Police can’t do anything, even my cameras for the parking lot didn’t catch him the act. All I have to say, is let me find the sorry SOB somewhere!

August 9, 2008 at 10:31 pm
(257) Big Red says:

Just got mine stolen off my 1993 4 Runner, Big Red, today at Northgate Mall in Seattle. Filed a report with police, who will only add it to their nice little statistics collection (thanks for nothing!). called the mall security, who said they do have security cameras (Gee, I wonder why the police can’t do that?). I was told they’d review the tapes and get back to me, but haven’t yet. I had no idea with was such an epidemic and if so, why isn’t there a law against scrap metal facilities paying cash for someone’s catalytic converter?
I swear if I EVER catch someone doing this to ANYONE’S car, they will be sorry. That’s a promise.

August 10, 2008 at 6:05 am
(258) SFBayArea says:

My father’s cat was stolen from his ’90s Mazda MPV a few months ago, in front of house, on quiet, suburban street. The repair shop told him that the cat was stolen because of the particular make & model of his car – NOT for the platinum. Since I have a ’93 4Runner, I wasn’t worried about parking in same place – and then my Midnight Blue’s cat was stolen last week. A friend’s cat was stolen from Big Whitey, a ’94 4Runner, a few weeks before mine…

1) Scrap metal theft is on the rise; add catalytic converters to the list… Someone’s got to come up with effective federal legislation to get the scrap metal dealers in check… (see:

2) Meanwhile, many parties benefit from this enterprise: thieves, scrap metal dealers, car repair shops/dealers, car alarm dealers, cat-theft prevention device makers, welders, after-market cat manufacturers, etc…

3) And, this latest innovation in auto-part-theft/”urban mining” is taking a significant number of ~1990s model cars off the road (since repair plus security devices is so expensive), forcing people without a lot of $$ to buy replacement cars…

4) Maybe consumers could pressure highly-vulnerable, target-car manufacturers (e.g., Toyota) to do a recall and install security devices for free???

August 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm
(259) Jeff says:

I am the sole owner of a small used car lot and have lost 15 converters in the last few years. I have racked my brain trying figure someway to stop them. It’s not cost effective for me to use the catclamp. I have put up big ugly cameras that I thought would deter them(didn’t work). Also painted all convertors with florescent paint.(Scrap yard told me they won’t accept marked convertors). Didn’t stop them.

Federal and Ohio law says I can’t sell a vehicle without one. Federal law will not allow a salvage to sell a used one. Federal law will not allow a repair shop to install anything, but a new or certified convertor….So I am stuck breaking the law myself by selling without or repairing it and making only a few dollars on a car or none at all. I am lucky to have only had a few stolen. A nearby lot had 30 stolen in one night. Do the math. That can out a place out of business.

I am installing an infrared beam sensor that will send a beam under all the cars parked in a straight line that will trigger a silent alarm. It will be set to go when the butwipe is laying on his side cutting away blocking the beam. That should give me enough time to drive the few there with my tazer.

Anyone have any better ideas?

Here is list of the cars I’ve had hit. Honda Odysseys, Mazda MPV, Toyota pickups and 4Runners, Grand Am, Cherokees, Ram Vans, Dakota. Apparentlt European cats are the big money ones. BMW, etc…

August 11, 2008 at 7:42 am
(260) Jeff says:

…and two Toyota Previa mini vans.

August 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(261) Victim #123123 says:

My wife parked my Hyundai Tucson outside of her work on the West side of Chicago. Some scum sawed off the exhaust system during the middle of the day on a busy street. We need tougher laws and anti-deterrent devices to stop this from happening.

August 12, 2008 at 8:00 pm
(262) jackie says:

i stayed at the super 8 last night and woke up to find my cat gone.mt overnite trip cost me in all $450!i hope the theives get whats coming to them.

August 12, 2008 at 9:18 pm
(263) Gun in Hand says:

Mercury Villager, at the IMAX theater on the South Side of Indianapolis, close to Greenwood. My oldest boy starts school next week so I took both boys to see The Dark Knight. We were in the theater at 2PM and out by 5 and someone took an electric saw to the vans converter and took it! It is time to start gathering people and set stings up waiting for these people to strike. No reason to call the cop and when the theaters cameras are looking at high school girls, just put a .22 round into their heads.

August 13, 2008 at 5:32 am
(264) Laura says:

Man, I had no idea this was the “new” epidemic in theft! They got my husband’s ’99 Tacoma last night…my ’99 Accord was parked right next to him & when he started his truck up this morning, it was so loud that it set off my car alarm. Guess I get to spend the day talking to police & insurance guy…not my favorite kind of day. People are @$$holes.

August 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm
(265) Johnny H says:

Some bastards attempted to steal mine this morning at 10AM while I was at work in Corona, CA. I heard my alarm going off, went outside and saw a green minivan double parked next to my 1999 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner, They saw me and took off. They were trying to cut it off the truck. They were only seconds away from having it removed. I had to have a muffler shop weld the cuts they made. I got lucky and only had $60 of welding that needed to be done. Thank goodness the motion sensor on the alarm was sensitive enough to go off and that I was around to hear it and go see what was up. I called the police to make a report and was shocked when they informed me it’s the new big thing to steal. WTF is this country coming to. What happened to recycling aluminum cans for money. This is such BS

August 14, 2008 at 12:01 am
(266) Ruffian23 says:

I wasn’t even aware this was a problem until this past weekend, when it happened to me. Also a ’94 4Runner. Thankfully the insurance will take care of it, but it still makes me angry. This was in the Seattle area of Washington.

August 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm
(267) K.Ruffins says:

@ #252 The Phantom – Regardless of wether or not you’re kidding, you’re a douche of the highest order. I hope you get caught and I hope that whoever catches you is NOT a police officer. They have rules to follow, other people – not so much. I hope they pull you out from under their vehicle and stomp on your balls so you can’t breed. There are enough dumbasses like yourself in this world already.

Last week where I work, someone got their cat stolen off of a, yep you guessed it, a mid-90s ‘yota 4runner, in broad-ass daylight. I drive a Tacoma and I’m looking into a catclamp. This is B.S. no one should worry about some scrote trying to steal parts of a car, let alone the whole thing.

August 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm
(268) Martina Riordon says:

Ugh add me to the list, happened to me last too. Work at a Credit Unions, get into my 97 4 Runner and KABLAM…thought that the vehicle had exploded. REALLY angers me, these guys make $ and I spend it to get it fixed. What an oxi moron

August 14, 2008 at 7:20 pm
(269) iqbal singh says:

i have my catalytic converter stolen on 08-07-2008 as well. i dont know why the people do like this. i dont know why.

August 15, 2008 at 12:20 am
(270) Stolen says:

Toyota T-100, cat stolen over night bolts left on ground. Hopefully insurance will cover. Sucks. Maybe I should buy a car alarm now too.

August 15, 2008 at 11:13 am
(271) Scott says:

My neighbor and I both have 97 4 Runners and were both robbed last night. The police and AAA both knew immediately what the thieves were after. Amazing.

August 16, 2008 at 5:58 pm
(272) Dave says:

The cat on our 2000 Tundra was partly cut off by a thief who never finished the job. Looks like one pipe was cut by a pipe cutter. The thief needed to cut two more pipes to get the cat off.

My wife drives the truck most of the time, so it took me awhile to notice that the engine was extra loud and find the problem. The cut is almost all the way through the pipe, with only a small amount of metal still holding it in place.

My wife thinks it happened in a restaurant parking lot at night in Scottsdale, AZ.

August 16, 2008 at 10:29 pm
(273) C says:

Thieves got my ’97 Toyota 4Runner’s cat 08/14/08. The muffler repair shop said they’ve seen this a lot in the Dallas area recently. Some of them are cut from the vehicles in daylight in large parking lots.

The cat was cut with a saw – it probably took them less than 2 minutes to get it.

Police said the thieves will pull their car next to mine, turn up their stereo or leave their car running to cover the noise of the electric blade cutting through my exhaust.

August 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm
(274) Josh says:

I had a cat stolen last night off my girlfriends lumina. The thieves had to of jacked the car up and then used a “saws-all” to cut the pipe off. The police pretty much just said “tough luck”. Something certainly needs to be done so its not so easy to rip em off then get scrap money so easily.

August 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm
(275) Danielle says:

I drive a Hyundai Sante Fe and my catalytic converter was sawed off at some point over this past weekend. I need my car to cart around the kids and get to work so I must replace it but now I feel like my vehicle is a sitting duck for another hit.

August 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm
(276) Amy says:

Just happened to me this weekend – off of my 95 4Runner parked on a suburban street.

August 19, 2008 at 8:28 am
(277) Sean says:

Just got mine stolen from a Park and Ride parking lot. In the shop now, but do not know how much it will cost. Both the Police and my Insurance have stated the activity is growing. Not just in remote lots, but office lots, even Police workers parking lots. I would like to get these guys. Any other ideas on adding something to prevent a theft?

August 19, 2008 at 5:53 pm
(278) Pat says:

Same old story. 91 Toyota 4×4. Woodinville, Wa Metro Bus Park and Ride. Cat cut off. Toyota dealer bill $1,800+. No comp. insurance to cover the bill. Not sure if catclamp and catcuff would deter cutting of front and back exhaust pipe. Need to have a full length metal skid plate from engine to muffler designed that will not overheat the exhaust system. Any metallurgist designers out there?

August 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm
(279) Randy says:

Just got my 2000 4Runner back from the shop to the tune of 2 grand. Low Life took the catcon and damaged some exhaust pipe last week very early morning hours. Had it parked in my apartment parking lot between two other cars, but was not a good enough deterrent to stop them. Looks like a hack saw was used in this instance. Still, feel like a sitting duck with a new catcon now, but still the same place to park.

August 20, 2008 at 12:25 pm
(280) Madaveli says:

Hey guys! Wow that really sucks! My 1996 Nissan Pick-up’s cat was stolen Monday night. Im still looking around for pricing and right now the cheapest is $400 – $700 anyone know a cheaper place in montclair, CA?

August 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm
(281) AST says:

I have a 1996 Nissen pick-up, live in S. Georgia. I had a problem with the clutch so I had to park the truck and get it towed. The truck was left in a well-lit parking lot of a local restaurant. Tow-truck wasn’t able to pick up the truck until the next morning to take it to the shop. Went to the shop today to pick up my truck, got in and cranked it up. The truck was so loud my girls had to keep their ears plugged. We made it home and I called my husband who called the shop that we had it taken too. The truck sounded like that when they had moved it into their garage to repair it so we thought that maybe the tow truck had caused the damage. Well, my husband looked underneath it when he got home from work and sure enough, the cat had been cut clear off. Never in a million years could I have imagined something like that happening. Unbelievable.

August 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm
(282) Aaron- Dallas says:

2005 4Runner SR5 4×4 – Now missing a CAT. $450 to replace it + O2 Sensor. I called the Dallas Police Department and they almost finished my sentence. They have had about 600 cases in the last 6 months. And there’s little to nothing they can do about it. Nice.

August 21, 2008 at 10:09 pm
(283) Patrick says:

I came home from work today with my other vehicle and noticed four bolts underneath my 1994 4×4 Toyota pickup. My converter was stolen. The person who stole it was extremely fortunate for if I would have seen the crook, I would have gotten my Browning 12 gauge and administered my own brand of vigilante justice.

August 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm
(284) will says:

sorry to here about your catilac converter theft , you could have got it replaced though for a 3rd of the price you payed look up your so called 1100 in parts online ,like autozone , or napa

August 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm
(285) jay says:

A victim of the ridiculous theft of catalytic converters today. I have a 2006 tacoma that i had sittin in a park n ride in bridgewater massachusetts cuz i had to go to work for the money that shouldnt have to go to buyin a $900ish part for my truck that got stolen. i got dropped off to drive home from the park n ride…got in the truck…started it up…then…VROOM VROOM VROOM…sounded like a dragster. Some !@#$%^ sawzall’d 1 of them clean off but nice enough to leave the 02 sensor and exhaust flanges…thanks @#$% heads…that puts a damper on the rest of my weekend!

August 23, 2008 at 11:55 pm
(286) JEFF says:


August 25, 2008 at 12:45 am
(287) SF Area says:

Ours was sawed off our 99 4Runner last weekend off of Hwy101 north of Cloverdale at 4pm. Jumped in the Russian River to cool off, gone only about half an hour. Funny thing is last month Toyota told us it needed to be replaced because it was totally rusted. Hope they have a terrible time separating out the rust from the good stuff.

August 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm
(288) Ali says:

Guess this is nothing new, but mine was stolen yesterday from a university lot in Indianapolis. I’m glad the idiot(s) who took it thought the person driving a 98 Honda was in such a great financial position that stealing a CAT wouldn’t matter.

August 27, 2008 at 10:55 pm
(289) Aaron Frost says:

Sometime between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm on 8/27, I became a victim of “cat” theft. I parked my 1997 4-runner in my company parking lot along with close to one hundred other cars; not to mention Department of Homeland Security vehicles too. What amazed me most was that this happened during the day and my vehicle was as close to the front door as possible. On this day, two converters were stolen; both from older model 4-runners.

August 28, 2008 at 2:04 am
(290) phil trogden says:

I was at work,I work at costco so you could emagen how many people are there on a dayly bases.I work in the tire center so i could see my 2002 toyota tacoma 4wheel drive.i was off at 9 pm came out started my truck and WOW was it loud.I thought mabie I lost my mufler, found out later it was my catalytic converter.I was angry as hell,but most of all i felt violated.im still trying to find a new one.I waont go through toyota to much money when i can do the work my self

August 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm
(291) Tom says:

I just fell victim to cat. convert. theft. 2004 Jeep Gr Cher. lincoln park in chicago…i came home fr work to find my muffler/tail pipe on the ground with the converter sheared clean off!!! To those in the Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhoods, be aware of your SUV…this happened right on Bissell and Webster in broad daylight!

August 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm
(292) Jon says:

Currently a NYC Police, this week have fill out reports for eleven vehicles for theft of Catalytic Converter. All vans and one Ford Truck.

August 30, 2008 at 7:05 am
(293) Thomas Brown says:

Just got taken for both of my converters on 8-29-2008 in the Home Depot parking lot off of strickland road in broad daylight. It’s going to cost me $2,200 for the repairs. The truck is a 2004 Toyota Tundra which makes an easy target because of ground clearance. Owners beware this is becoming an epidemic.

August 30, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(294) Brian Lynn says:

I’ve had two cats stolen in 6 months. You’re lucky if all they do is remove the bolts and take the cat. That’s what they did the first time. The second time, yesterday (8-29-08) they cut my exhaust apart. The damage is so extensive that I’m not sure the insurance will pay to fix my truck. I’ve got 220k miles on a 1994 4Runner and the damage costs exceed what Progressive says the truck is worth. Worth to WHO? That truck is worth $10,000 to me running! Do I go to jail if I remove fingers off someone I catch stealing parts off my truck??

August 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(295) john in crofton md says:

John in Crofton, Md. (8/30/08)

Almost got my (97’ Tacoma) cat, right in front of my house: O2 sensors and mounting bracket were cut, don’t know if something scared them off or their battery pack died.

I am surprised that the insurance companies are not tying to do something about this problem.

One of the best things to do is educate the public, let them know how much this is happing (everywhere), what to be on the “look-out” for, and common sense deterrents. I’ve told numerous people of my experience and was surprised to find many had never heard of this problem, much less what a catalytic converter is or that it has scrap value.

State governments should pass legislation to increase the penalties for stealing, possessing stolen and accepting stolen cats. The persons buying these must surely suspect that the items are stolen.

I came across this article in the Washington Post online dated June 26, 2008 that shows how soft the courts are on these thieves who got caught red-handed. Please Google it if the link fails


August 31, 2008 at 1:56 am
(296) Rick says:

Wife and I went into nice restaurant, and returned in an hour to my 2003 Honda Element, and when I started it, I thought the engine had exploded, and all the warning lights came on. The cat converted had been cut off in broad daylight. When I called the San Antonio Police, it was their 6th reported today.

September 1, 2008 at 2:56 am
(297) Dave says:

I live in Sacramento CA. Last friday I got in my 1997 Tacoma 4×4 to go to work, and there was that dreaded sound. I knew immediately what happened. I didn’t hear a thing in the middle of the night! Welding the bolts on does no good. A sawzall will cut a converter out in about 30 seconds. I now leave the dogs out at night(even if they piss the neighbors off with their barking). I also make sure I set my alarm that I paid to have installed two years ago! A new security light out front and the new converter set me back about $400 bucks. I am up at least once a night now, when I hear the dogs. Just to make sure. Go home theives and get a real job damnit!!!!!!!!!!!

September 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm
(298) Jett says:

They just got mine off of my ’99 Tacoma last night. I had no idea that this crap happens.

September 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm
(299) Jennifer says:

You know the old “when it rains it pours”? I have had the month from hell and just went to my Grand Cheroke to find the CC sawed off with a hack saw. I am so angry right now. Of course this happens on a holiday. How am I going to get to work tomorrow??

September 2, 2008 at 1:46 pm
(300) Sally says:

Mine was stolen just yesterday. I drive a toyota pickup and had parked it in a the parking lot of my workplace overnight. The minute I started the engine I knew something was wrong and knew exactly where to look (as I had seen this thing on the news recently). Sure enough, the thief cut it out with a saw. It makes me sick. I never thought it would happen to me but lesson learned and I hope it doesn’t happen again.

September 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm
(301) carlos says:

Same here!. 2002 4Runner, cat stolen and left the souvenir bolts on the floor yesterday afternoon at the parking structure at work border of Santa Ana/Costa Mesa, CA. I drove 33.3 miles to get home riding on a dragster… I had a headache and was deaf when I got home…$#!+…$#!+

September 4, 2008 at 1:35 pm
(302) andy johnson says:


September 4, 2008 at 11:34 pm
(303) Unknown says:

I got my converter taken off my 95′ 4runner today when I was at work. I think that this is getting out of hand and the gov. needs to do something about it. I have two friends who also drive toyotas a 4runner and pickup and both theirs were taken too.

September 5, 2008 at 10:36 am
(304) Tom says:

A car alarm that electrifies the exhaust system.

September 6, 2008 at 1:51 pm
(305) Mahen says:

Some bugger sawzall sawed my Cat off my 1996 4Runner two weeks ago some time between 1am and 4am, right in front of my house in Davis, California on busy Arthur Street. Called the Davis police and noting they can do it seems. $2200 ($400 out of pocket) later my beloved Kanthaka4Runner is back home. After all, he earned his spot in the garage!
I thought about parking it again on the street and sleep inside it with my M96 so next time the bugger come to get my Cat, I’ll put some holes as big as my exhaust pipes through his nuts to let him feel little pain!
I’m considering the catclamp or the catcuff in the meantime.

September 6, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(306) Rob says:

2001 Tacoma. Sawed off in my apartment complex parking lot. I’ve only lived in Phoenix for about three months. Damn tweekers, hope they win their Darwin award soon.

September 8, 2008 at 12:44 am
(307) Alan says:

I was a victim on my Toyota Sequoia. I was walking out to the parking lot at my office and saw a suspicious car with dark tinted windows and a car lot paper plates. As soon a I opened my car, they started up and took of like a bat out of hell. I’m sure they were waiting to hit the other Tacoma and 4-Runner in the same lot. But they knew I would start the car and know what happened.

Watch suspicious cars in your area and let them know you see them. Other than that, if you own a SUV/Truck, there are a lot more of these thieves because of the higher unemployment.

I sure wont feel bad if I just “happened” to back over one of these lower than life scumbags.

September 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm
(308) M says:

My Tacoma was hit last night. Curtis Park area of Sacramento. Seems to be an epidemic around here. Have heard of and experienced several thefts in recent weeks.

September 8, 2008 at 6:10 pm
(309) Danny says:

I had read about this epidemic and though ‘it’ll never happen to me’ here in beautiful, fairly expensive Encino, CA. Sure enough, last night when I went to start my 1994 Toyota 4Runner, it sounded like someone was revvin their Harley motorcycle in my ear. I didn’t know what it was at first, I honestly thought there was a Harley behind me. So I turned it off and tried again, but same sound. I look under the hood, everything is fine. Then I notice a large bolt screw under the car. I get on one knee and look underneath the car: the muffler is missing! The cat is gone! I realized that all this stuff I had been reading about just happened to me.
The really crappy thing about all this, is that I was just getting ready to sell the car. I wasn’t even going to sell it for that much ($2500, which is a $1000 less than the KBB value). Now what do I do? Sell it as is, for like $500, or pump in $500 to sell for $2000-$2500?
Crazy, just crazy. Thieves and scam artists need to get their heads out of their lazy a**es and get a real, honest job.
They should really stop accepting Cats for scrap metal.

September 9, 2008 at 2:02 am
(310) Pissed off says:

Mine was stolen from my 99 4runner july 3, 2008 in my work parking lot. Today 2 months later after paying $2,000 they stole it again! I’m a single parent living paycheck to paycheck! I’m still trying to get out of the rut from the first time! My accout is in the negative and there is no way I can pay to have this one fixed. My work don’t care! They just want me to get my job done. I was trying to get my bills caught up so I could buy an alarm but now I can’t even see the light at the end. I can’t even pay my utillities! What do I do? I’m going to have to get my child up at 2:00 a.m. catch a bus to daycare and catch another bus to work just so I can be there by 6 a.m. I’ll get off at 3:30 p.m. and I won’t get back home until 7:00 p.m. I really think its time I quit my job and start living off the state because I can’t make it anymore! The states helps you if you don’t work! All you have to do is fake like your trying! Talk about taking all this stress away!!! My heart can’t handle it anymore. Life is stressful enough without these punks steeling from me and my child!!!

September 9, 2008 at 10:44 pm
(311) Cesia says:

just found out 5 minutes ago and i am PISSED…does any one know where i can go get a new one and what i can do so that this doesn’t happen again? ugh freaking a-holes dont they realize im poor if im driving a 93 4runner!

September 10, 2008 at 12:08 am
(312) Mike says:

My 2004 Tacoma TRD got cat swiped tonight too in Phoenix.
Going to get insurance to cover it with my deductible so I can help keep our insurance rates soaring in Arizona.

September 10, 2008 at 2:59 am
(313) David says:

I am a law school student in Salt Lake City, Utah. My 98 Toyota Tacoma pickup was targeted by thieves from a light rail parking lot recently. At present Utah does not have legislation on scrap or parts dealers taking information on sellers of catalytic converters. I will make it my personal pet project to mobilize any resource I may access in order to put up some legislation in next February’s legislative session. We can at least pass the laws to make doing business difficult for the thieves.

September 10, 2008 at 8:32 am
(314) john says:

For the public record.
Cat Conv stolen from honda element in north scottsdale from work parking lot. While getting a rental at the dealer I met some other dude who had also been hit the same day. The dealer itself had 7 stolen from the lot.

Any one looked into that steal armor undercarriage alarm?

September 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm
(315) sara says:

Well what can I say except my mom just fell victim to having her Cat Conv stolen 9\58 from her 2005 Kia. Its really sad that people are that messed up. This is a big financial burden to my mom just like I’m sure it is for other people. Unfortunately her insurance wont help with the cost because the actually car was not stolen. My question is when the Cat Conv was stolen, the car was parked in her townhouse community. She pays a HOA fee which includes security. And at the time of theft (and after) the HOA still had not fix the light in her parking area. (it had been down for months) so it was dark and no one had seen security that night. So could the HOA be held liable to help pay for a replacement.

September 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm
(316) sara says:

oops it was stolen 958

September 10, 2008 at 6:25 pm
(317) James says:

Those thieves need to be shot. The 50.00 they get cause a lot of money and emotional headaches wll beyond what the crooks get. I would rather they knock on my door and ask me directly for the 50 bucks. Unless the police and insurance companies work together to attack the buyers of these metals, this problem will become an epidemic beyond our wildest nightmares. But seriously, if I had caught a thief in the act, I would have asserted my constitutional rights to defend and protect my property using my right to bear arms. That one-armed thief would no longer be able to continue in that chosen profession.

September 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(318) Sean says:

I have a GPS unit that also includes a vibration sensor set up to automattically text my cell phone if it is disturbed. It has saved my cat converter twice in six months, once at work and once while in a church parking lot!!


September 12, 2008 at 6:10 am
(319) Christina says:

Mine was taken this last saturday night, and totally screwed me over on my hiking trip that I didn’t get to take because of it. They were nice enough to unbolt it off, and the local Midas shop said that I was the 4th call on Monday in this area. It cost me $300 for the universal, and it was welded on. The dealership wanted over $700.00. But then I noticed a 1985 P/U with the same converter as my 1994, and it made me wonder if this guy took it. He lives in the same complex. Does anyone know if there is a difference between the two? It seems to me that they would have improved over the years. Any way, to make a long story short, looks like I am going to have to invest in an alarm system. There is the Scytec Vision 8000 that includes a camera that can be mounted anywhere, has night vision, and will take a picture of the culprit! I don’t think any kind of welding or locks will do any good since they will cut it off if they want it!

September 12, 2008 at 6:24 am
(320) Christina says:

One more thing, They really need to go after the scrap metal dealers, if they won’t buy them, the theives won’t bother with it any more. They are a major part of the problem!

September 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm
(321) BK says:

After recently falling victim to converter thief’s twice I decided to try the Catclamp. So far it seems to be going well, two months in the park and ride and others have been stolen but not mine. For now I can sleep soundly knowing that my 4 Runner is safe from these idiots.

September 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm
(322) BK says:

Go to Catclamp.com and see for yourself.

September 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm
(323) Michon Lowe says:

I got lucy! Someone tried to take mine off last night but they didnt get it cut all the way. I took it to Quality Break and Muffler, they said that is has become way to common of a thing for these to be stolen. And lucky for me they were nice enought to weld it back on with no charge to me! Even with all the jerks in the world at least there are some people that will still do something nice for a stranger!

September 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm
(324) Marie says:

San Diego, CA – My mechanic quoted me $800 for a replacement. Is this the going rate? Is California more stringent on replacement parts?? why is this so expensive to replace?? The thieves only unbolted the assembly—no cutting involved. I called an auto parts store and they quoted me under $100 for a new one??!!?? someone please explain!! I drive a 98 Toyota Tacoma….

September 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm
(325) f says:

I lost two cats in less than 9 months.
Solution = shoot the SOB’s if you catch them in the act. Like the people ripping off copper cabling and getting electrocuted. Get rid of these scum now.

September 12, 2008 at 11:16 pm
(326) NB says:

Newport Beach, CA – In the early hours yesterday morning an upstanting citizen was thoughtfull enough to protect my twin 91 Toy 4×4′s cats by removing them so nobody could steal them. I had to laugh because they forgot the bolts. They also forgot to leave a note with their name and where they put my cats for safe keeping. I’m sure they will be by this weekend. They will have no problem finding me, I’ll be under the twins installing the new cats.

September 13, 2008 at 8:09 pm
(327) John in Crofton md says:

Almost got mine
Has anyone had any success with an alarm that has shock sensors?

September 14, 2008 at 10:31 pm
(328) Cec says:

Chesire CT: Happened to my Mazda MPV. I parked it in a commuter lot – to do the “right” thing and catch the bus to work. That afternoon, I returned, started my car and was startled by the roar. I will resume driving my car to work – to heck with global warming and saving the planet!

September 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm
(329) Victor says:

I got mine taken this past sat. night. I’m mad as hell about the whole thing. Shouldn’t legislation pass a law to recyclers who even take cats? Was quoted $741. Then what when it happens again? Maybe I should get rid of my beloved 4Runner.

September 16, 2008 at 9:08 am
(330) Rhona says:

My daughter’s ’98 Toyota 4-Runner had its cat cut off yesterday while, Heaven Forbid, she was at her place of employment trying to earn an HONEST living. I bought this vehicle for her from a friend as a dependable trust worthy vehicle. Now I am wondering if I have made a mistake. I am looking into the CatClamp.

September 17, 2008 at 1:40 pm
(331) Kim - Cincinnati says:

I’ve got one for you. My daughter has a 2005 4 Runner and worries constantly about something happening to is – especially getting the catalytic converter stolen. Then, it finally happened. Somebody stole it from my daughter’s car BUT – it was from my other daughter’s 1990 Corolla! That thing it a total piece of junk and has a ground clearance of probably about 10 inches. Couldn’t believe it. Just goes to show ya….

September 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(332) David says:

2000 Toyota 4Runner

My catalytic converter was stolen today between 8am and 1pm from my office parking lot. I was planning on going home to let the dogs out, and it sounded like I had straight pipes. I knew something was terribly wrong, and when I looked under the passenger side, sure enough the cat was gone!

September 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(333) James (Dallas) says:

1996 Toyota 4Runner. My cat was stolen last night from my apartment complex last night in Dallas, Texas (near Addison).

September 22, 2008 at 9:37 am
(334) Kat Dee says:

I am a victim of the “Cat Burglars”, (pun intended). I was running late for work, so I took my 2004 Malibu out of the garage and parked on the side of my house to save time. In less than 60 minutes as I left to jump in and go, the car was gone. I was so angry, I started walking my block, and 1 street over,there she was. I started the engine, and the sound no one wants to hear blared in my ears. I don’t think the general public knows how this has reached epidemic proportions. Thanks for letting me vent.
Kat Victim

September 22, 2008 at 11:01 am
(335) Patrick says:

Just happened to me only I have a Toyota Tacoma. They used a saw and took their precious metal device. I will beat the bastards when I find them. Hands down!

September 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm
(336) Megan says:

91 Toyota P/U, San Diego. One bolt left on, several on the ground and the rubber part cut. Cat hanging, but still there. I got lucky. Any suggestions for where i should park it tonight? Garaging it is not an option. This was a pretty busy street, but in a semi-bad area of town.

September 26, 2008 at 10:37 am
(337) Kim says:

Got me too, the bastards!! My cat was stolen just last night from my 2000 Chev Z71 truck, right in my driveway with my bedroom windows OPEN. I live in a pretty cramped subdivision, I can’t believe no one heard them! There was no trace of anything left on the ground. I was quoted $555.00 for a new one! I called all the scrap yards and gave them the truck specs, they said they can tell what type of vehicle it came from so if someone tries to scrap it they are going to call me. I’m putting my house up for sale today! My vehicles were ransacked inside just 3 weeks ago, I didn’t have anything gone but it offended me, I feel violated! These jerks need to mind their own damn business and get a real job like everyone else!

September 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm
(338) peeved!! says:

Dallas, TX. My cat was stolen off my ’04 Tundra while my truck was parked at the boat ramp in the middle of the day, broad daylight. These bastards are ballzy! They need to get off the crack and make an honest living!

September 27, 2008 at 1:03 am
(339) Roldan says:

My Catalytic Converter (CAT) was stolen today at work in the hospital employee parking lot in San Bernardino, California. A 1990 Toyota 2 door pickup. Discovered today that the CAT looks like a small muffler located right under the driver side. The CAT was unbolted off. Heard that sometimes it is sawed off with a portable SawZaw. Two Toyota trucks were ripped off today including mine. Trying to go online tonight to determine replacement cost and prevent future thief. Hopefully replacement cost is cheaper when unbolted vs. when it was sawed off. These ripoffs need to be reported to police, for statistics and trends. Sometimes recovered CATs can be matched up with the stolen vehicle if the saw marks match so that the police can prosecute.

September 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm
(340) J says:

My 99 Tacoma got hit in San Diego. As far as I understand, I could get away with an $85-$200 cat anywhere but California. Here, to get the legal, certified OBD-II replacement, I’ll have to pay $740 – $1005 for the part.

September 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm
(341) Jesse says:

Yep – happened to my truck this weekend.


September 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm
(342) Mike from Oregon says:

My rig doesn’t have a name but them bastards got off with my cat last night on 9/29/08. !!!!!SCREW TWEEKERS!!!!!

October 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm
(343) Joni says:

Sure enough it happened to our little 1988 Toyota pickup (Chico)only they just sawed it off right outside our home. We got Chico from a friend and he’s been stolen ouce and stripped down and we got it back and it still ran. We got the insurance money and got it back to a uasable state and now this. It is certainly disheartening that people think nothing of taking what’s not theirs for so little money knowing it’s going to cost us hundreds of dollars to replace and not to mention the cost of insurance. We’re getting an alarm.

October 2, 2008 at 8:18 pm
(344) Kellie says:

1985 Toyota …middle of the day while I was at work. they sawed the thing right off

October 3, 2008 at 7:18 pm
(345) Disgusted says:

The FIRST time my CAT was stolen, it was parked at DFW airport. The officer took the report and said that particular lot had not been a problem until my call. This was after 3 years of routinely parking in that long term parking lot. I decided to move to a new home with a larger garage, to get my 97 4Runner off the street when parking at home. The SECOND time my CAT was stolen, was the first night at the apartment I moved to while waiting for the new home to be built. I had just sold the old home, was using the 4Runner to move boxes and delicate stuff. They didn’t even wait til I finished moving. The Camry loaner fell way short on completing the move. One more police report, one more $500 deductible paid, no more tolerance. I have been driving 4Runners since 1987 (this is my 4th), now I am thinking it may be time to change. DAMN SHAME!

October 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm
(346) Steve says:

Just had my catalytic converter stolen off my 94 4Runner. Went on a week long vacation, only to return to a molested, growling SUV. What also was a bummer was finding out that my vehicle goes by CA emission standards, so replacement cost was more than doubled. So, basically I just made a $1000 payment so some Tacoma crackhead can make a couple hundred bucks off of scrap metal. Any cost-effective prevention tips would be greatly appreciated. This is pure and utter bull**** and must be stopped.

October 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm
(347) Tusla says:

Just had my cat stolen today on my 93 4WD 4Runner. I was actually at my job, where I work next to the mall, Social Services, CPS and the biggest fire station in the city. No one saw anything so they say. I drove my car and then less than two hours later, I went to leave and my car sounded like a jet boat. I knew it was gone. I called the police, they say that this doesn’t happen often. Bull $&**! Got the estimate to get it fixed, $470 bucks.The world is coming to crisis and we are all gonna have trouble now!!!

October 12, 2008 at 10:49 am
(348) Paul says:

It’s not only the SUVs…..they got the cat from my 92 Corolla beater on Friday as well.

October 13, 2008 at 1:38 pm
(349) Jenni says:

while I was at work, I got my catalytic converter sawed right off my Toyota Tacoma in irvine!!
I went to a muffler shop and spent 300 to get a universal put on, but it is not the Toyota part-so thats an idea to make it less expensive to replace………

October 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm
(350) Steve says:

Taken in broad daylight in a very busy area. Cut off of my ’97 Nissan pickup. $209 to replace. The guy at the muffler shop said that they don’t “go after” the aftermarket ones as bad.

October 15, 2008 at 9:23 am
(351) sarah says:

about six months ago my jeep was the victim of cat loss, i was going to take the family out to eat, got in and started it up and heard a loud embaresing noice so of course didnt go i wanted to kill whoever did iti stayed up late for weeks to watch and put one bright ass light that lights up my hole neiborhood haha. i made a report with police and they told me its bad in alliance ohio, they take them from new cars at the dealerships, he told me to just hook it up without one , so i did its not against law to do that in ohio unless a mechanic does it, thank god or i would be riding sarta.

October 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm
(352) Jason says:

Yep, Just happened to me this morning in a Lowe’s parking lot

October 15, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(353) A. Anderson says:

Count me as another victim of catalytic converter thief! I have a Tacoma and I’ve heard the horror stories about this problem but what can you do as an owner to stop it? You bought a truck or car to use and drive, you park in good locations that are well lit and have people around. The thief takes only 90 seconds to cut and run. They spend more time getting underneath and back out then it takes to cut the cat off the vehicle. My thoughts go to prevention now. I want to wrap the catalytic converter with raiser-wire and then see if they want it then! :-) Ouch!!!!

October 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm
(354) A. Anderson says:

I want to wrap the catalytic converter with razor-wire and then see if they want it then! :-) Ouch!!!! YES razor-wire

October 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm
(355) Doreen says:

I got all ready to go to work this morning when I started up my 05 Toyota Tundra there was a sound so unfamiliar to me except when I am at a nascar event…got it to my servicer and low and behold I was the 3rd one that week…cat stolen!

October 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm
(356) eric shelton says:

yes’ i live in indianapolis in . in a nice hood. they got me last night parked in the driveway, just cut it right off.

October 16, 2008 at 10:46 pm
(357) Mike says:

Seriously, If I catch somebody doing this to someones car, Im going to try to kill them.
Im being totally dead serious, if I catch oneo f you little meth smoking bastards, Im going to put some lead in your head.

October 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm
(358) Nani says:

I can’t believe this crap! This happened to me today. I ran errands this morning with my two babies and came home. A few hours later when my husband came home from work he said he was going to run an errand and would take my truck (Grand Cherokee), he didn’t go anywhere. The bastards sawed off what they wanted and left my muffler hanging. All within 10 ft from my front room window where I was with my kids.

October 19, 2008 at 6:53 am
(359) Rip Oliver says:

my 90 4Runner got hit and replacement cost $140 for parts and $40 for labor….they welded this one on and welded my liciense plate on the ends and 911 as well so hopefully a deterent enough…Tho local muffler shop said he’d only charge $10 to weld info on the ends of the cat. Said if you weld right on it, that it will ruin the insides. Anyways, new cat sounds a little different and wondering if there is any difference in a cheap after-market one that I got and a factory cat? Anybody know?

October 20, 2008 at 9:10 pm
(360) laney says:

Just got a call from my husband… jackass thief cut out our CAT from our ’91 Toyota 4×4 truck today at a South Seattle park and ride. JERKS! My husband said that the Toyota truck next to him wasn’t touched. WTF???

I am so freakin’ annoyed.

October 21, 2008 at 3:18 am
(361) GYI says:

Can’t believe it: there’s a comment for almost every day of the year. They just got my 97 Nissan Quest in Atlanta. According to police, the thieves hit multiple cars at the Park-n-Ride today. They say they’re going to try and catch them. I hope they do.

October 23, 2008 at 12:27 am
(362) Deborah loving says:

I am another victim. It was from an 03 toyota tacoma pre runner with a lift kit. Parked in my driveway over night(no garage0. The police officer told me it takes 2 min or less-get an after market alarm! This has become an epidemic here in Phoenix. I worry about it happening again.

October 23, 2008 at 12:39 pm
(363) James Kannoox says:

Just had my Cat taken from my 98 4Runner. Right in front of my building no less!

October 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(364) Dave says:

I just lost mine in braod daylight. they cut it off and it’s going to cost 800 just for the converter from Toyota, They are raping me on this. they realy only cost about $400.

Anyway I have a solution.

SCribe your vin on it where a potential thief would find and know it’s traceable.
wrap cable around the exhaust pipe in that area so they see that and think it’s going to take too long to get it off.
Hit it with exhaust paint.
Hang tag that says “Don’t F”"” Touch It!”
or “you’re being watched”
Ask around to see where they buy them and then call them and give them a bunch of crap for a couple days so they will think twice.

there you go…DON’T BE a Victim!!!!

Third ask some shady guys around town where

October 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm
(365) Brian says:

They stole mine last night off my 98 Tacoma. Not going to replace it until I can get one of these… http://www.catclamp.com/
Cat lock for $270, totally worth it.

October 24, 2008 at 11:13 pm
(366) Jade says:

My co-worker’s 4-Runner was hit yesterday. The cat was stolen while the vehicle was parked at work…a public library. There are people coming and going all the time, but in the last three weeks, 3 cats have been stolen. Pickup truck tailgates are being stolen, too. Perhaps the police should be watching the places who buy these items.

October 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(367) nele says:

mine got swiped in broad daylight!! i’ve only had it in long beach for less than a week.

October 26, 2008 at 3:29 am
(368) spence says:

Count me in the “club” as of today. 1993 Nissan Pickup parked at Indian Trail Park-n-Ride in Atlanta for a little over 12 hours. Oh, and it’s been broken into 4 times now over the past couple years. Seems to be a popular target. Wonder how long it’ll be before they swipe the headlights and the dead cassette player. I’m really surprised my gas hasn’t been stolen yet.

October 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm
(369) Jaymz says:

I have a ’94 Toyota pickup. My catalytic converter was stolen a year ago, but I just recently found out about it. I had a exhaust leak, (stripped bolt on manifold). I saved up and got it fixed. Two weeks later I started up my truck and it was horrible. Bang, pop, sputter. I thought it was the same problem again. I didn’t have the money for another fix so I parked it. Last month, my neighbor pointed out to me that my catalytic converter was missing. Sure enough, someone had hacksawed the whole thing off. It wouldn’t have mattered if I had welded the bolts. It only takes a minute to hack through an exhaust pipe. I still haven’t had it repaired.

October 28, 2008 at 9:35 am
(370) Lye says:

Don’t waste your money on a cat cuff from Hutch Tecnology. Joe Hutchinson processed my order almost 2 months ago and I still haven’t received anything. I emailed him and he said it would take another month before te order came through. He said the company wasn’t large enough, yet, to fill all the orders coming in. I asked for a refund and haven’t had a reply since. Save your money, apparently you can buy airplane cables from an industrial magazine.

October 28, 2008 at 6:37 pm
(371) Mike says:

Wow, number 371. They got me this afternoon. They hacksawed the cat out of my 2008 Element. 500.00 deductible 1500.00 Total. Gotta get it replaced, between the noise violations and the emissions control in Georgia, you can’t do without it.

October 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm
(372) Jennifer says:

I own a 98 4Runner…Here is my story

Last night around 9pm after a work function downtown Chicago near UIC, I went to start my 4runner and it sounded like a monster truck. I thought it was just the change in temp, but everytime I accelerated, it sounded like my engine was going to explode.

Being from a small town in OH, I still get nervous coming downtown sometimes, so I ALWAYS charge my phone before coming down. Well on my way to there, my phone went dead..I had forgot to charge it. Of course, right.

So I was randomly asking people to make calls on their phone, but I couldn’t get ahold of anyone & didn’t know anyones # without my phone. So I was going to just take a chance. I drove to the exit for 90/94 & I was like…I could die…I could break down, some random person will come kill me (OH mentality I guess)…so I decided I better go back.

By the time I got back to the building, only a few people were still there…A coach, being one of them. I used her phone again & finally got ahold of my friend to tell her she needs to come get me. She is TERRIBLE with directions, so the coach offered to drive me halfway & my friend can go halfway.

Since I didn’t know where to park & I was afraid I would get towed, the coach offered to just follow me in my truck..that way if it did break down, she would be there & I could use her phone. Or she could drive me to meet my friend.

So we head out on 290…going 30-40 with hazards, and we get close to an exit and the coach puts on her hazards and pulls over. I thought something was wrong with the back of my truck?

She got out & her car had died!! All of a sudden her traction light came on, then her oil light, and her battery light. It wasn’t her battery, cause her car started right up. What the!!??

She had to call her boyfriend and I called my friend & I had to tell her to wait at the exit and 290 (that is where we discussed meeting).

So while waiting for the coach’s boyfriend & tow truck, I was like…will your boyfriend follow me to the exit? I was still worried I wouldn’t make it. But they had to follow the tow truck, so I had to just chance it.

After driving 30 mph with traffic whizzing by, I finally made it to my friend’s car. She followed me to the car dealer where it is getting fixed today. The coach had to have her car towed to her mechanic.

I didn’t end up getting home until midnight.

The next day..after such a weird night…I was given the diagnosis…stolen catalytic converter and stolen spare tire.

The coach’s diagnosis was a bad fuel pump.

I will have to file an insurance claim and unfortunately, pay for my deductible.

I hope that this “epidemic” is brought to more people’s attention and this is somehow prevented so that others don’t have to go through this.

October 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(373) suvs says:


What a horrific tale! I’m very glad that you made it home safely.

Be sure that you report this theft to the Chicago Police and the UIC Police. The more of us who report our thefts, the more likely we are to squash this thing.

Drive safely — and be careful where you park your 4Runner! Have the dealer weld your cat in — it won’t cost much, and it won’t stop a determined thief with a Sawzall, but it will stop the casual junkie from unbolting the thing and walking away quickly.


October 28, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(374) Craig says:

Mine was just stolen from the Fender Parking lot in corona, I came out a saw a white lifted extra cab chevy or ford parked next to my 1994 toyota pickup and a guy roll out from underneath my truck and jumped in the passenger side of the white truck and sped off

October 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm
(375) C@t says:

Check out this article for after market products to protect your Catalytic converters.

October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm
(376) Jennifer says:

Thanks Jason for allowing me to share my story & for the advice!!

Some more advice to others..check your insurance to see if you have a “Betterment charge”..this is an additional charge above and beyond your deductible that you are responsible for I guess. Unbelievable!

October 30, 2008 at 5:46 pm
(377) Derry says:

I have a 94 runner, and still have mine. Hope it stays that way. I just learned about this today from my anthropology professor… unbelievable!

November 1, 2008 at 3:51 am
(378) p. nunez says:

Bastards rip mine off at the parking lot of a Walmart store in Las Vegas middle of day while the wife was at work. Called the cops just to be told to leave my phone number and they would call me. That was two days ago.
2000 Toyota Ttocama.

November 1, 2008 at 10:10 am
(379) Commuter says:

Happened to me, Halloween DAY. I was parked on a commuter train lot, broad daylight. Noticed something hanging from my ’99 Rav4 as I was approaching it when I got off of the train. As I got closer realized that the pipe was hanging. Thought my ex did something to my vehicle but the police said it was an epidemic. Apparently there is money in cats. At least two others were hit on the lot that same day. Insurance is covering, thank goodness. Now I have to protect my “cat”.

November 2, 2008 at 8:16 am
(380) JoserC says:

Mine got stolen off my 94 4×4 three hours ago. My next cat will deploy pepper spray after being pulled. muhahhahahh.

November 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm
(381) Joe in Phoenix says:

Toyota Tacoma 02, stolen cat and the factory replacement will run $1200~$1500 more if they damage the sensors. Stolen in broad daylight highly traveled parking area without anyone reporting seeing things happening. Aftermarket cat for the vehicle with Calif emissions will run $400 or more. Insurance will cover cost after the first $1000 deductible so police reports are useless and they do little to look for where the metals are being salvaged to track down the thieves. :(

November 4, 2008 at 3:11 am
(382) Danny says:

1989 Toyota 4×4
Truck was in my driveway 6 feet from neighbor’s window.
I’m disabled and am on Social Security.
The money I had saved for Xmas gifts will now have to be spent on a new catalytic converter :(

November 4, 2008 at 12:17 pm
(383) Terry Stamper says:

I just acquired a 1996 geo tracker with some frame damage I was in the process of fixing. I went and started the car up today and wondered why it was so loud. I looked under the car and mine is gone. If feel so violated, utterly disgusted and severely angry. Out of my own backyard as if someone is staking the place out. I don’t know whether to file a police report or what.

November 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm
(384) Mike Muffler says:

Every converter should have a VIN stamp. Start seizing the assets of the buyers, while jailing them and the thieves for 10 years, might serve as a deterrent.

Addict theives should also receive a complimentary lobotamy.

November 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm
(385) Susie says:

You are right , catalytic converter theft is epidemic in all areas of our country. This makes it hard on small automotive shops, my partner and I have one, because we have trouble finding buyers for the ones we replace for our customers, who are not among those who are looking for new areas to “hit”. We try to warn our customers , who have just replaced those expensive things, to take precautions. We have one customer, who has a small used auto lot, who lost 3 converters in one evening. His lot is on a well lighted corner, in a better part of town..Just be careful…

November 11, 2008 at 8:48 am
(386) LFox says:

DO NOT BUY CATCUFF!! like others, i paid online and have not heard from this company again. I’ve logged 14 attempts to reach them, they took my money and sent nothing and never responded!! You will find numerous reviews for catcuff online … all are by the owner hutchtechusa or hutchinson!!! His paypal site is not secure. DO NOT BUY CATCUFF!!! BEWARE of fly by night companies popping up!!!

November 13, 2008 at 8:46 am
(387) Kirk says:

Same story here in Fayetteville, NC. They stole the converter off my 98 4 Runner two nights ago. It was parked in my driveway. It cost me $170 to replace it with a generic ceramic converter. Apparently, there is no difference in performance between the cheaper ceramic version on the $600 genuine Toyota version containing platinum. Wish I had known about this epidemic before hand.

November 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm
(388) Cincy OH says:

I just had mine stolen off my 97 Carolla (must have been skinny cause there ain’t a lot of room under there) parked in a “well lit” campus lot outside my apartment. So much for a safe campus environment. The bastards cut the whole thing off too, so I’m in pretty deep with the repairs.

November 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm
(389) J says:

DO NOT BY CATCUFF!!!! I am another victim. Cat was stolen from the driveway and I ordered the Catcuff to protect it I think I lost another $60, because Mr. Joe Hutchinson did not deliver the product and after about 12 + calls and several emails – no answer. Once I called form another phone and he picked up and than when he realized that’s me, he hang up. I am going to claim my money back from Pay Pal. I also checked with Minekee, they did not heard about him. We need to give it to police to investigate his “company”.

November 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm
(390) Harry says:

I just got hit last night.

99 Tacoma 4×4

At least it looks like it was clean and they didn’t damage anything else. Haven’t checked on pricing yet to replace.

November 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm
(391) Harry says:

Probably should have said I’m in Federal Way WA.

November 18, 2008 at 11:07 pm
(392) Scott says:

Annapolis, Md-2007 Tundra They just got me, cut above the flange to the trd muffler. I am so p’d off. I’d like to get my hands around their necks and do what they did to “Tundy”. Go to work M’f'ers.

November 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm
(393) Harry says:

Update on the cat theft in Federal Way, WA. Replacement cost was $578 including tax and install. Guess I got off lucky. Although now I’m paranoid it’s going to happen again now that they know where I park.

Yes…told the apartment complex manager and also filed a police report.

November 20, 2008 at 9:04 pm
(394) Tobi says:

They almost got mine. Have a 98 4runner who is my baby. Started up Tues. a.m. and it sounded funny like a bike was riding next to me. Husband saw it was still there, took it to garage and someone began to saw into mine and Thank God must have been distracted. After hearing all the stories, I feel very thankful however, unlike Moose, I have no garage to put her in. I will constantly pray over her as I have in the past and guard angels around her and at work, maybe park where I am not supposed to with the valet parking. Although who knows? They may be the culprits. Love to Moose.

November 21, 2008 at 12:29 am
(395) med student victim says:

stolen while taking a test inside building. security guards and students milling about in parking lot. Suwanee, Georgia. Bold.

November 23, 2008 at 6:09 am
(396) Chris says:

My 95 4Runner was having problems and I had to pull over and leave it over night. It was in a well lit area under a street light. When I went back today about 3pm to get my truck there were a few guys standing arround my truck. When I asked what was going on they said they thought it was their friends truck. When they started to leave my wife said one of the guys was under my truck and had a gun looking thing (sawsall). I looked uneder my truck and they had cut the exhaust pipe just after the cat and had gotten 95% of the way through the forward pipe. I just welded the pipes back. They are very lucky they got away!

November 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm
(397) erik says:

yeah. i woke up this morning to go get coffee and a bagel. turn the key and CHUG CHUG CHUG. a deafening roar.
i knew right away my 4runner lost the cat. converter.
it was in the shop a few months ago, and i remembered hearing about the thefts. and almost had my mechanic weld it on….
if only i had heard it happeneing and grabbed my baseball bat. i would be much happier today, and some people would have broken arms. sigh. mabye next time.

November 24, 2008 at 12:34 pm
(398) Brian S says:

Read your article too late. Never heard about this problem and if we knew about it we would of parked it on the other side of our building which is further from the gate. They got my 90 pickup with a reciprocating saw. Came out this morning and the pipe was just hanging down. Stolen from Austin,tx.

November 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm
(399) Rob says:

just happened to me in Miami, my 97 forerunner was raped of its cat in the middle of the night. I had lent my truck to my office manager while away on business. The next morning she got into the vehicle and it was gone.
Just wish I walked by when they were doing it, broke the fuel sensor also.

November 25, 2008 at 8:24 pm
(400) Had in Phoenix says:

I have a 02 Tacoma that’s Calif. emissions. They stole the cat about four weeks ago and I’m still trying to get the aftermarket units to work instead of buying the Toyota dealer $1200 ~ 1500 repair bill. I’ve got $400 in aftermarket units and the engine light continues to come on no matter what they do or what unit they try – even those units that are listed as “calif cat” seem to fail. $1200 -$1500 for factory and no way to keep them from stealing it again, I’m not crazy enough to put another one on. :-(

November 25, 2008 at 9:12 pm
(401) dneese says:

the cat was cut out from under my 93 nissan hard body pickup. we know who did it, our drug junkie next door neighbor. believe it or not, the cops got him on some other drug related charges and was sentenced to 3-5 years. since he was willing to narc on everyone else he was out in two months. then just last night i saw him in our Home Depot store in Butler, PA purchasing a Dewalt cordless sawzall and he had at least $2,000 in his pocket. damn i hate our legal system.

November 27, 2008 at 1:30 am
(402) katie says:

A lady I work with just got her cat converter stolen off her toyota 4 runner in the parking lot today this is the the second time in two months they have taken it .it cost her 1,300 last time .The police said they had several stolen today .They just came taking a report from one stolen off someone parked at restrant .They told us toyota 4 runners are one of the biggest targets for this theft .We work on a busy street and the vets office next door faces our parking lot .But nobody saw anything.A lady came out and told her to have it replaced with a chepper one and they wont take it next time

December 1, 2008 at 12:56 am
(403) Pete says:

My 2002 4Runner was hit on Hylan Blvd in Staten Island, NY. There is a company called American AutoCat Recovery, Inc. on Staten Island, that has an ad in the paper that they buy catalytic Converters – I wonder!

December 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm
(404) TJS says:

My ’96 4Runner was hit at Reagan Natl Airport in Wash., DC a couple months ago while parked in the “remote” parking area. Police could do nothing but report, and the closest security camera was about 500 yds away!! They just cut it out w/a sawzall!! Bastards!
There is a company in Phoenix that sells cat security systems…not sure exactly how it works, but I think it’s like a locking mechanism that prevents theft no matter how the thiefs try to get it out. Later model cars have the cat’s too far up in the frames to allow easy/quick removal; the junkies look for older models which offer NO protection from theft. I would like to mount a weatherproof tazer to it so anything that touches it gets zappeeddddd!!!…

December 2, 2008 at 1:37 am
(405) Peter says:


Today I saw a guy under a Toyota pickup with a reciprocating saw. Since I have been a victim of catalytic converter theft, I new immediately what they were doing.

A guy was under the car cutting off the catalytic converter while an older man (55-60 years old) and a woman were sitting right next to him in a newer model getaway car.

I stopped my car for a minute or so and looked at them and they immediately took off. I knew they were definitely up to no good. I followed them, called 911 and gave their plate number to the police. The LAPD was kind of slow to respond so they did not catch them right there.

However, they do have their plate number and I hope that they arrest these bastards because who knows how many catalytic converters they have stolen…

The LAPD with the information that I provided to them can find the thieves as well as the metal dealers that buy these stolen converters from them.

December 2, 2008 at 10:54 am
(406) George says:

I recently bought a 2002 Dodge Intrepid and hadn’t had the car for more than 5 days before it was stolen. I just got a call yesterday from the police syaing that they found my car. Aside from the tires and rims, the only other itme missing was the catalytic converter.

December 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm
(407) Rusty says:

Yep. They got mine also. I own a 1986 Toyota 4WD P/U Truck. I had not driven the thing in about a month. I cranked it up to go and get a Christmas Tree and heard a very loud noise. I looked underneath and found a 26″ section of exaust pipe missing. It had been cut away with a saw. The vehicle has been in my driveway here in San Diego for weeks.

December 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(408) Mevaldivia says:

Got mine taken sometime in the last week. I have a 1989 Toyota 4WD pick up. Got in it on Saturday to go get a Christmas tree, when I started it up I thought I blew my exhaust. Crawled underneath it and saw the bolts on the ground. I reported it to police and I didn’t even have to tell them the make and model they already knew. It has been a problem for awhile in my town. When I reported it to my insurance, the person taking the info also knew which vehicle before I told her. I have three cars on my policy and she knew right away it was the Toyota.

December 10, 2008 at 8:41 pm
(409) Planojoe says:

I’m another CatCuff claim…

in November the owner (Joe Hutchinson) was close to securing a distribution deal with a major auto-parts chain. Guess as that went through he decided to turn his back on his customer base…but there’s still no excuse for taking people’s money.

For anyone whose been ripped off, I urge you to file a claim with the local BBB. It’s another effective way to warn other potential victims.

December 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm
(410) Samantha says:

I just ordered a CATCLAMP MAXX for my 04′ TACOMA (which I love). It sounds like people have had luck with these things, has anyone tried the STEAL ARMOR “PREARMOR” underbody alarm system yet??? I have an after market hi-end Clifford alarm but it doesn’t protect the underbody, and I’m wondering if the PREARMOR alarm has had any success?

Any advice??

I live in Seattle, WA.

December 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm
(411) Kelly says:

I was the victim last night. I was in a local store in town for about an hour. I came out to my truck and started it and noticed the VW Bettle mufler sound —(racecar)when I turned the ignition on. I went the next day just to temporarliy fix it until I could get it in the shop and they sawed it off and left no pipe for me to fasten the temporary flexible pipe to it. I am highly pissed and I am glad I have inurance.

December 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(412) JEff says:

The scumbags got mine last night. Took her while I was at work…right out of a busy grocery store parking lot. I have a 1995 4-runner. Never heard of this before. I’m thinking about setting them up…putting out the bait and waiting with my son and some baseball bats. Teach them a good lesson. This type of sleeze doesn’t deserve air..

January 5, 2009 at 8:59 am
(413) Leo says:

Next time buy American. Catalytic Converters are cheaper to replace. And you keep alot of
people working by buying American. It keeps people working instead of losing their job and having have to steal your converter to make a living.

January 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(414) David says:

Yeah, my 1995 4runner just had its converter stolen. The officer only recommended putting loktite on the bolts, but as you mentioned, they can use a hacksaw and take it off again. By the way, is it possible that I can install a new one by myself? Or do I need it welded?

January 15, 2009 at 7:36 am
(415) kim says:

I had a muffler issue so I went to get it repaired yesterday. I just found out that the last time my I took my car into my service station (july 2007)…that I thought I could trust, they removed both the catalytic converters and welded pipes there instead. I do not know why my check engine light never went on…but Im PISSED!!!!

January 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm
(416) Cheryl says:

Another ’98 Toyota 4Runner gets its cat stolen right in my own driveway. I was amazed to read the wide range of costs that folks here have paid. Seems if you go to a dealer they sell you the same thing you just had stolen with the high price tag. The reputable muffler shops will sell you a cat that doesn’t contain the stuff the thieves want and you can pay a fraction of the cost. Hopefully the thieves will get smart and know the difference real quick. In these times, even a $280 repair bill hurts. -Phoenix, AZ

January 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(417) Jennifer says:

Just adding my experience to the list of sad stories. I live in San Francisco, just got back from a great trip to Tahoe in a ’92 4 Runner. Experienced all the same “symtoms” as this article in my attempt to get to work this morning. Dealer quoted me around $700 for new converter and installation.

January 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm
(418) Doug says:

Two catalytic converters were hacksawed out of my 2005 toyota tundra pickup monday 1/19/09 in the parking lot of a 4 story building on the corner of hwy 6 and briarhills parkway in houston. My mechanic said that with a battery powered sawzall, it probably took 5 minutes. O2 sensors went also. Cost of repairs, $3424.45 Insurance adjuster estimated it at about the same price.
This must be a big operation to be so bold. Middle of the day in broad daylight.

January 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm
(419) MB says:

I’m now a member of a catcon theft. Last Thursday I start my car and VROOOM!! I thought it was because it was cold (-5 at the time) Had it looked at Saturday and yeah…I have a 97 Malibu and it was taken at my apt complex in Cincinnati, OH. I was told $1100 to replace it. UGH!!

January 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm
(420) David Meyer says:

I had my catalytic converter stolen today. I was at work and went for a late lunch at 3pm and started my car…it sounded like there was no muffler…a loud lawnmower sound. I didn’t even know what a catalytic converter was. I know now. After inspecting underneath my car, I noticed the catalytic converter had been sawed off. I filed a police report and they took pictures of my Jeep Grand Cherokee and the metal shavings left behind. The inconvenience factor is going to be the worst part, as I have a lot of things that are going to not get done and become a problem right now. I will definitely research ways to protect my next catalytic converter from theft, and am hopeful it will not set me back $1000, as I am reading.

January 23, 2009 at 12:02 am
(421) Mike Y says:

I have a 98 Tacoma and I just got my cat swiped today. Came out to the car and started it up only to hear it wailing like a bull in heat. My tacoma is my baby and she has been faithful to me since I got her. I am hearing the replacement cost in California is going to cost me an arm and a leg.

January 23, 2009 at 12:08 am
(422) AJ says:

Just got robbed tonight, worked 10+ hour day on set. Car was ok at lunch time, nightfall came and my cat went.
Got jacked in Compton.
Just wish I could’ve kicked them in their parts instead of losing mine

January 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(423) E & E says:

This evening after leaving a restaurant in San Marcos Texas (Furr’s), we climbed into our ever faithful ’94 4Runner and discovered our well maintained vehicle sounded like a Harley. We soon discovered our vehicle had fallen victim to a catalytic converter theft.
We had no previous knowledge of this crime wave until now. Fortunately we were not too far from a muffler shop, and the owner explained to us what happened. We reported it to the police, and called the restaurant. The restaurant manager told us that our vehicle was the second vehicle to get targeted tonight. The cat was cut off with a chain wrench, so I’m not sure if the catclamp would help. The bill for our repair is about $300 for an aftermarket cat installed.

May all cat thieves ROT IN HELL!

January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm
(424) Dave says:

I have a 1990 4runner an someone attempted to to take my converter when i went to start up my 4runner there was a noise when I looked under the 4runner the catalytic converter was hanging by one bolt.

February 9, 2009 at 1:04 am
(425) Andros Walker says:

SUV? Just for you? Pay up and shut up!

February 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(426) Mandy says:

My 98 Forerunner was attacked on Sunday night. Luckily my insurance will cover minus 250 deductible. This must be stopped!! I feel violated and vunerable. Police and insurance both told me what a huge problem this is. Disgusting!!! So much for us hard working Americans. I live in nice area in LB CA.

February 12, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(427) Cindy says:

I had a wreck…and while my Mazda6 was waiting for the insurance adjuster, my converter was removed from my car!!! Cost 1000.00 to replace…insurance paid it since my car was at their lot. Police said it is happening a lot…even while shoppers are in WalMart and Lowes…

February 17, 2009 at 2:56 am
(428) Jen says:

My employer has four Dodge Sprinters parked out in front of our workplace (our deliver drivers use them to make our deliveries). Sometime this morning, someone cut all the catalytic converters out of our vans, making it impossible for any of us to work. This is ridiculous!

February 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(429) Ferdy G says:

The CC on my mazda Tribute 2006 has been stolen too. They cut is clean.
I’m thinking to weld metal plate to cover it or weld steel cable since. Steel cable will be quite wobbly so it’s not easy to be cut.

Is there any new idea?


February 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(430) justin frank says:

This business took my money and nearly 4 months later, I have yet to receive my purchse.

February 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm
(431) Paul says:

Add me to the list. 2000 Toyota Tundra – repair: $1,700.00

February 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm
(432) Jen says:

I have been a victim of this crime twice. Once in front of my house 4 months ago and now just this week in the parking garage at my work. What sucks the most is that we pay all this money to get it fixed and we can walk out tomorrow and it could be gone again.

February 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(433) Joe Bloe says:

My “baby” Elvira was violated last night!! They even got the tailpipe!!! It was brand new and really “tight”, if you know what I mean! I guess I’ll be doing the “five-knuckle shuffle” until I can afford a new one!

March 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm
(434) juliana says:

Every single 10′ van in the UHaul lot on Bryant in San Francisco had its cat stolen last week. Those are some brazen thieves, because UHaul’s security for its own property is pretty damn tight.

March 6, 2009 at 12:28 am
(435) PC says:

My turn. Hit last night – was unbolted, thankfully not cut on my Toyota in Sunnyvale. Feared this for a while, but dragged my feet in buying a deterrent device. Sounds like Cat Cuff has gone out of business (website is now farmed out). Does anyone in the Bay Area weld metal plates on as a standard product? Seems like that could be a lucrative business for some enterprising metal worker.

March 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm
(436) Jen says:

Last night I was the victim of this theft. They sawed it off. I live in Chicago where I have to park on the street. You’re right – now that I’ve had it replaced, this can happen again tonight. Looks like it may be time to finally find a replacement for my Jeep.

March 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(437) Made says:

Mine was stolen this week end. I was aware of the change in engine sound monday am March 9, 09. My SUV Montero sport 99. I filed police report on line to Riverside Police Dept. It may cost me ~$1200, luckily Allstate will cover the cost with $100 out of my pocket. I hope Riverside Police will act and prevent future theft.

March 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(438) Sasha says:

My 1995 toyota 4runner got hit in Austin, TX. Was out to lunch over the weekend, at a busy shopping center. Came back and started my car and it sounded like a muscle car. My mechanic told me someone sawed off my catalytic converter and they also took my O2 sensor. $463.88 later, its back to its old self. How could that have happened in the middle of the day at a busy shopping center?!?! I wasn’t in a secluded area. I am almost scared to drive it anywhere. And I live in an apartment complex, with no garage. . . so I am just crossing my fingers it doesn’t happen again! Is there anything you can use to protect it? Plate, box, etc?

March 12, 2009 at 11:44 am
(439) 91 4runner Houston says:

Jasons Deli in Houston. Cut off with a saw or pipe cutter the cut has a bit of bevel so maybe they used a pipe cutter. They cut beyond the flange into the other sections of the exhaust syster so its either go to a welder for aftermarket or cough up for the oem parts

March 14, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(440) peter says:

mine just got taken today from the costco lot in sacramento! 96 previa all track.
what a bummer. apparently the scrap yard is giving about $100 for these

March 24, 2009 at 8:11 am
(441) David Fragoso says:

Wow! I would have never believed it…that someone would actually steal a cat. conv.! Talk about desperate! My buddy had his cat. conv. stolen just yesterday, in broad daylight AT WORK. Right smack in the parking lot in plain sight of the smokers who probably wouldn’t have seen anything anyway from the cloud of smoke. Anyway, this is crazy…what else will people think of next to steal.

March 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(442) Linda says:

I live in London Ontario Canada. Went to leave work today and found out that while I was working (in a busy medical building with a huge amount of traffic in and out of the parking lot all day) someone cut the catalytic comverter off my 2001 Sunfire. I am now sitting waiting for a call back from the police, and decided to do a little research on the subject. Found your site and wanted to share my story. I guess some people will do anything for a buck these days!!

March 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(443) john n says:

My 2000 Toyota Tacoma got hit 3/26/09. Just like in the other comments, I knew something was wrong when I turned the ignition on and it sounded like a drag racer. The policeman told me that although my home town of Nashville Tn has new laws making it harder to sell scrap here in town, the thieves are just taking the converters to Kentucky where the laws on selling scrap are much weaker. So, until there is federal law covering scrap metal business, nothing much will change.

March 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(444) Bart says:

My 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup got de-catalytic converterized yesterday. It was in my office building’s parking lot, not 10 spaces from the front door. They even did it when some movers were moving in another tenant. At first I thought a recently replaced clutch had gone bad when I heard the loud rumbling, but when I looked, I saw 4 bolts, a seal, and an empty gap in my exhaust system. Those little buggers….

March 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(445) Patricia Diaz de Leon says:

I had not heard of this…
And now I am a victim…
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited….
Cut right off….Gone.today 3/30/09

April 1, 2009 at 1:50 am
(446) Brad says:

Just had my catalytic converter stolen from my 1999 Toyota Tacoma in a busy parking lot in Sacramento California. I had to have it towed back to my house which was 15 miles away.

I just found out that the law on catalytic converters changed in California on Jan 1st 2009. Now you can’t buy the cheap converters from part stores any longer. I walked to two part stores near my house to go get one and they can’t sell them.

I called the Toyota dealer to get a price for just the converter. $859.00. What a rip off.

So tomorrow I get on my bicycle to go to muffler shops since they can still sell them. The question is since you can’t buy cheaper converters in part stores or over the web to put on California vehicles, are the dealerships and muffler shops going to rip off California consumers from here on out.

April 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(447) Ryan J says:

my cat conv was stolen from my 99 kia sportage about 4 months ago. i live in a small town in northern CA where we never even locked our doors at night. just recently i saw an ad on craigslist saying “cat conv’s bought no questions asked”

April 8, 2009 at 9:47 am
(448) Inger says:

Just bought an ’01 4Runner….check engine light came on as I drove it off the lot (what luck)….Guess what? I don’t have a converter to steal…Someone had welded through a straight pipe where the converter used to be. Maybe it was stolen long ago. Will it hurt to drive this thing without the converter. My state doesn’t require emission testing. Yet.

April 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(449) Darryl says:

Well had mine taken about 3 weeks ago off my 08 BMW X3 They unbolted it and took everything from the cat back . Now ins is giving us a bunch of crap saying that this dosent happen in peoples driveways. it is going to cost about 4500 to repair. 3 weeks and looks like if i want to get this fixed any time soon i have going to have to pay for it.

April 10, 2009 at 4:08 am
(450) Creighton says:

Just found out my 92 was hit while at parked in a UC Davis parking lot.

April 12, 2009 at 11:07 am
(451) Cinda Ing says:

Another one bites the dust in Portland, Or near the Rose Garden. They managed to unlock the car doors as well. Luckily (?) nothing was inside the car so nothing was stolen. So I’m looking at an inoperable 91 Toyota with a major expenditure ahead. Will file a police report and write my congressman.

April 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm
(452) Eric says:

I just got hit today when I turned on my 4Runner after school. It sounded so loud, and on the drive home it seemed really slow. Is there anyway to fix the problem without buying a cat converter? Like maybe weld on a pipe?

April 30, 2009 at 9:38 am
(453) Cary C says:

04/30/09, and my 2003 Tacoma Prerunner got hit yesterday while I was at work. Driving a cool truck has it’s drawbacks.

May 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm
(454) cesar says:

To all you victims, you might get a little pleasure from is a story:

I have a ’93 Honda Civic, I live in nice neighborhood (or so I thought!) in beautiful Diamond Bar, CA. A couple of nights ago, I returned from working late that evening and as I lay in bed trying to go to sleep, I heard someone out front. I took a peak out my blinds and saw this guy underneath my Honda, I was shocked to say the least and could not figure out what he was doing. I saw him gyrating oddly underneath my car, he had what appeared to be a large blanket. Next thing I know, he frantically pulled away from underneath my car and ran away. I knew he had done something bad!

When I went outside to investigate I smelled a very bad odor, like a burning odor, I figured he either tried to burn my car of used a cutting device to get my cat. – Nope neither!

Since my car was nice and warm, a local skunk took up temporary residence underneath my car for a nap (I guess?). The stupid thief got comfortable underneath my car to rip me off, woke up the skunk, skunk said, “Hey, what the hell are you doing here?” and sprayed the ‘frank’ out of the thief! What I saw was the idiot getting the surprise of his life finding a skunk underneath my car and is now walking around smelling like the stinking thief that he is – LOL!

God was on my side that night! While talking to the police (I called them to my house after the event) one cop asked if I had pissed anyone off, maybe they were playing a practical joke on me? – ah, no! Another suggested maybe kids trying to trap a live skunk – kids aren’t that stupid are they!? Not until I worked it out with my wife and co-workers did the most reasonable conclusion fit – the would be thief got sprayed by a skunk trying to rip me off! The irony, stinking thief met his match! I just hope he was so surprised that his jaw dropped wide open as my friend the skunk sprayed him to pieces.

The entire neighborhood had a very powerful (I mean POWERFUL) skunk smell, so say to assume this ass got the skunk’s full load! I love it! My car still smells, but I have a grin on my face because I know that fool got what little he dissevered that night.

Now, to weld the bolts on my cat and maybe a plate or two to help deter them again – that or just leave skunk food underneath my car! LOL!

May 8, 2009 at 10:02 am
(455) Ed says:

Just got my catalytic converter (cc) stolen from a park and ride (car pool) lot yesterday, May 7, 2009 in Diamond Bar, CA. The thiefs cut the tail pipes right off and away they went. I thought there was a law passed the forbids the purchase of cc or metals from cc.

May 10, 2009 at 11:33 am
(456) retired says:

MY Cat was not swiped, but I do have a small antidote on them.

MY Cats only7 last 12 year! They fail the Smog test each time the car is smogged here in California. Each time the Cakifornia DMV license renewal come sup the Cat fails! And it has to replaced every 2 years. This 1989 Toyota Corolla gets a new Cat every 2 years to pass the damned Smog test!

What a racket! The Catalytic Conveter makers are making a lousy produt, the California State governmnet makes more money by charging for the smog test failures because the car has to be fixed and tested again. The shop makes more money because they sell and repair the car. The Cat maker sells a new Cat every 2 years for the same car!

Nothing can be done. Period. What could I do call 1-800-who-cares ! It’s al a total frau8d. And, btw,,, thatn to al those dumb arses who voted these crooks into office that put thes epolicies and lws into place. Maybe the damned government officials have stock in the platinum market? (Sarcasim).

May 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(457) Dan says:

well, mine(2006 Toyota Tacoma)got hit too last Friday, 5/8/09, at the Redondo and Marine train station park and ride.

May 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm
(458) Beth says:

Got hit yesterday, 5/13/09, about 6PM after work in Torrance, CA, on Vermont Ave between 226th and 228th St. I have a 97 Toyota 4 Runner (limited). They cut the cat right out from under her.

May 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(459) Ron says:

San Diego 5/15/2009, cut the cat out from my sister-in-law’s ’98 4Runner in broad daylight. $350 from a nice local shop. They can stop this easily, by holding the recyclers responsible.
The theft of my iPod could be discouraged by Apple by setting up a serial number database, but there is too much money in the replacements I guess.
I guess Louisville Slugger justice is the only way to go.

May 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(460) Cecilia says:

That’s right Ron. This is the sister-in- law. The cat got swiped from Clay. He’s all fixed up, doesn’t sound like a chugging train anymore. I’m making an incident report to the local police. It’s true they should crack down on the smelters paying for the metal.

May 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm
(461) Run4life78745 says:

Yep, just discovered today that mine was missing. A whole 2 foot section had been hacksawed off. What a world we live in.

May 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm
(462) Lee says:

05/18/09 San Francisco (Russian Hill)
Mine just got stolen on Thursday. 1992 4Runner 217K miles and they cut it out with a saw and bent the pipe from the engine. So discouraging, this might “total” my truck. Insurance will not cover it, not sure how much it will cost me yet…

May 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm
(463) Bill Jaggers says:

I was parked on the top floor of a government owned parking lot in Sacramento, CA completely equiped with surveylance cameras and I still got tagged. Going to cost $1800 plus after towing and rental.

May 22, 2009 at 11:22 am
(464) Gabby says:

5/19/09 NJ Transit Park & Ride, broad daylight; 2nd 4Runner catalytic converter theft of the day in that lot.

May 27, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(465) carla says:

My catalytic converter was stolen again and this makes it twice! I own a 2000 4-Runner and have spent over $4,000 in replacement, plus rental car. The building management refuses to do anything about some kind of security, so I am going out to buy a Yaris. The 4-Runner will be in the garage until the snow flies in November.

June 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm
(466) Nick says:

Another one bites the dust. 92 Toyota Tercel sitting the weekend in a Dallas mechanic’s parking lot.

Never imagined theft would be an issue on a beater that wouldnt even run.

June 7, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(467) miss pretty says:

okay so my car broke down on the highway and i had a friend come pick me up. by the time we went back to the car a few hours later to go pick it up the CAT was gone. i have a 6 month old baby and my “baby on board” sign was very noticeable. these ass holes have NO mercy and they dont care who they hurt or what your money situation is to try and repair it.

June 8, 2009 at 11:19 am
(468) JT says:

Unreal… just happened to me yesterday. Southport Corridor in Chicago (very nice neighborhood)… we went to brunch at 11:30am… came back to the ’95 4Runner about 1pm… gonzo. My girlfriend was in tears thinking the truck was going to explode. I’m hoping i can get a cheap aftermarket part since $1200 is probably more than the car is worth. I hate getting violated.

June 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm
(469) Ben says:

JT, I wouldn’t be surprised if the same guys that got yours, got mine as well. Saturday the 6th at 1030 in the morning in the Costco parking lot off Clybourne and Wrightwood. I was in the store for 10 minutes. I came out, turned the key to my ’96 4Runner and heard the telltale roar (I knew it well as I have a friend with the same make and model have two stolen last year).

I’m thinking of having the new cat that will be installed this week welded to a couple pieces of rebar and having them welded to the frame. That and etching some identifying numbers or a message on the the cat itself.

June 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm
(470) Gary says:

Stole it off my 98 Tacoma last night. Cop said it was the 4th one in our small town within the last 24 hours – all Toyotas. Apparently they’re easier to remove than others. The cop said one lady was grocery shopping and when she came out of the store, noticed there was someone under her truck so she called the police – the creep got away with the converter in hand.

June 12, 2009 at 7:26 am
(471) Melody says:

Stolen off my 1992 Toyota SR5 4×4 3:00 AM.
Parked in my driveway.They sawed it off, my neighbor heard the noise, yelled out and saw the theives run off with my Catalytic Converter. A friend of mine had told me my truck could be targeted for this kind of theft, but what can you do to keep it from happening? Perris CA.

June 13, 2009 at 12:33 am
(472) Dasy says:

I don’t think the platinum is the only reason they are being stolen. I think there may be a black market starting on them. My daughter has a 2001 Nissan. She has taken care of the car. Some of these cars today have as many as 4 converters in them. The 2 in her car went out. It is going to cost her 3000.00 to get them fixed. In most places even if the car is running fine if the catalytic converter goes out it won’t pass inspection. She doesnt owe anything on her car and doesnt want a car note. She cant sell it with the inspection light on and bad converters. Naturally the dealerships suggest that you trade the car in and get a car note. Most people cant afford to pay 3000.00 car repairs or get a car note. Even if the car is not blue book value worth her fixing it,it is worth a lot to her to have a car with no car note. I think it is putting to much pressure on people to replace them and there may be a black market starting on them. So they are stealing them. I feel if its an automobile part that the government is going to require us to have that they should make sure that it is less expensive.

June 13, 2009 at 12:47 am
(473) daisy says:

If the converters are bad the dealership is going to give you practically nothing for trade in. Maybe the dealership can afford to put the converters in and resell the car making money off it. I really think a lot more cars are going to end up prematurely in the junk yards. So again corporate America has taken a green movement and turned it in to a big money maker for them and producing more waste and trash for America. Sorry don’t mean to sound so negative but just getting tired of it all. I even tried to get prices on them from several auto parts places and they didnt even carry them for someone to be able to do the work themselves.

June 13, 2009 at 1:15 am
(474) dkk says:

If there is a mechanic that can answer my question I would appreciate it. I don’t know much about catalytic converters. I see on this sight that they are being cut off a lot to steal them. Can the converters that they steal be used to replace converters that have gone bad in cars or are they useless except for scrap once they have been cut out of the car. Surely things like the O2 sensors can be reused. I feel they are being stolen because they are so expensive to replace rather than just for scrap. Thanks

June 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm
(475) Tina B says:

Our office has had 2 people report stolen Catalytic converters in the last week, stolen in broad day light. I’m not sure what type of vehicles they were, but this is rediculous.

July 3, 2009 at 12:14 am
(476) RayMan says:

Unfair, i leave my 4runner out for a day and look what happens!!! I guess i’ll have to either lower my 4runner or weld sheet metal over my cat. Either way, both inconvenient and expensive.

July 9, 2009 at 1:13 am
(477) Henry Cervantes says:

July 8th 8:00am my wife starts our 1997 4Runner, Inside our house, I heard a loud rumbling sound louder than a Jet boat. I ran outside the house look under chasis, whoa! the catalytic converter disappear. My advice, enroll yourself to a gun handling safety class, situations will get worse as people keep loosing their jobs, these place is going back to WILD WILD WEST.

July 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm
(478) Gina says:

My catalytic Converter was Hacksawed of my 1998 Forerunner while parked at the San Leandro BART station. YUP…funny I’d been parking on the streets for the last 3 years, never a problem. ONly been parking at the Train station lot for 4 months…look what happens. Times are hard huh?

July 20, 2009 at 9:20 am
(479) CatClamp says:

The CatClamp (Patent-Pending), created by American Welding Inc, places a catalytic converter in a theft-proof cage made of aircraft cable. That’s a heavy duty solution, and only carries a price tag of around $150. Compare that to a $2000 repair bill for having your catalytic converter stolen. You can reach CatClamp at 419.478.1313 or on the web at http://www.catclamp.com.

July 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(480) WahooWilly says:

Our vehicle, 1997 TOYOTA / 4RUNNER Limited, was parked outside about 2 houses away from our home in San Francisco. We started the vehicle and the exhaust sounded like the muffler had broken off. To our amazement we discovered that the catalytic converter was missing underneath the car. It appears to have been sawed off cleanly probably with some cordless sawzall or cut-off tool. Talking with our insurance claims office & tow truck driver it seems like catalytic converter theft is happening everywhere. We had no idea that this has become an epidemic. We were awaken early next morning at around 04:50AM with the noise of someone sawing or cutting metal with a sawzall and rotary device. It sounded close by and we decided to investigate, but found nothing out of the ordinary. Some other vehicle has probably just had their catalytic converter stolen. After towing our vehicle to our local Toyota dealer, we were told that another vehicle was towed in with a missing converter an hour later. A new California Clean Air Resource Board (CARB) regulation went into effect Jan 2009 for catalytic converters sold & installed in Calif. Therefore there are “NO CHEAP CATALYTIC CONVERTERS” for Calif. vehicles and most muffler shops will need to special order “Calif. legal” converters. Our repair estimate was a whooping $3000. From this experience, we will be installing a “catclamp” to deter future theft and provide a little “Peace of mind”. These devices were highly recommended. See comment (479) above for catclamp.

July 27, 2009 at 9:52 am
(481) Jim B says:

Found a note on my windshield. Someone saw two guys cutting something from my car. They observed and left a note on my 1998 4 Runner. Never called the police to report suspicious activity. This really sucks.
Just dropped my 4 Runner off at the shop to get the damage repaired. What a screwed up way to begin a day !

July 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(482) Mike in Arizona says:

I’m all for getting these people who are stealing the cats. However I don’t like the fact that we need to do something about the recyclers. They don’t know where the cats come from. I’ve been recycling metal for years, why should all the heat be on me. Catch the first ten and casterate them in public. That should send a message.

July 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(483) woody says:

have the bolts touched with an arc rod the bolts can not be undone by hand and can only be cut off

August 3, 2009 at 12:22 am
(484) Catless in Seattle says:

Broad daylight in Seattle at Pier 48! Hard to believe, but the jerks got away with a quick one! It was a busy tourist Friday and was parked facing the window of the nautical school on the pier. And nobody saw anything? Time to call in my brother and see what he can rig up with his handy welder!

August 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(485) Barb says:

Just had my cat converter stolen yesterday in Rochester Hills, MI off my Chevy Venture 01 van. I’m angry and frustrated that these thieves can get away with this. I reported it to the police…does it really matter? Cost me $250 to replace.
Junk yards, dealers should be ticketed and jailed for accepting these. What goes around, comes around. They will get what they deserve!

August 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm
(486) sandy mistry says:


My name is Sandy and i was the victim of a crime on my 1999 toyota 4runner which i keep in very good running condition. I have to park a block from my job since the employer wants us to park in this lot, since there isn’t enough parking at the doctor’s office. Well when i got into my car at 5pm ready to go home and i started it, to my surprise i heard my engine sound like it had turbo power-like you described like a motorcycle. I popped the hood and looked inside everything looked ok. there was nothing lying on the ground, so didn’t have a clue. I drove home slowly on a local road looking for a car place to stop at. I stopped at a pepboys, but the guy thought it was a muffler. i called a
muffler place this morning and the guy knew right away it was the catalytic converter. They had done a great job in just cutting it off with a battery powered tool. Cost me $266. The mechanic told me there is a lot of it going around as you stated for the metal-platinum. I will file the full report on monday, but i called it in today.
Thanks for the article. I was an unsuspecting victim. I work in boynton beach florida.

August 9, 2009 at 2:48 am
(487) Dave says:

Just got my kitty snagged off my ’92 a few days ago in front of my house. I found out when I went to move it into the garage to give it a tune-up. I was so pissed that I drove around the neighborhood looking for another 4runner, but then remembered the recycling value was the likely goal. Time to fire up the welder and leave the car in the garage. I would have rather had them knock on my door and demand 50 bucks armed with the threat of stealing the cat. This obviously isn’t the ideal, but it would save me a ton of trouble and hassle.

August 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm
(488) John says:

Well I woke up this mornig to head to work only to hear that sound that can only be associated with an open exhaust. Stopped the Runner, got out to inspect, and sure enough a large opening where my Cat used to be. Sad thing is I Have two Runners and now I’m fearful the other one is a target. Police were not very helpful either. Autozone does carry the replacement part for about $130 and the part is easy enough to put back on yourself (obviously easy enough to get off!). I am going to go ahead and weld the bolts on this one and secure my other Runner as well.

August 14, 2009 at 8:25 am
(489) jon says:

I was’hit’ while at work. Went out to go home and started my Toyota Highlander to the sound of a motorcycle. Drove to my dealer to find out the problem and he told me the cat conv was gone. It happened between 1 and 330 in the afternoon in underground garage parking with no cameras. Beware.

August 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(490) The Catlock says:

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August 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(491) ak says:

Stolen Cat… cut off with a saw. No trace left behind – no metal dust, no bolts, nada… $600 bucks to replace with a universal cat vs 3k with a factory one. 1997 4Runner. Please, people – get a life or get some help.

August 17, 2009 at 11:36 pm
(492) John says:

This evening in Logan Square a district in Chicago, my cat was sawed off of my 04 Grand Cherokee, this sucks because there isn’t really anything they can do about it. I thought the scrap craze was over with, how desperate someone has to be to make 50 bucks, I really feel sorry for them.

August 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm
(493) Robo44 says:

Woke up this morning started my 1995 4 Runner and it sounded like Big Daddy Don Garlits Dragster. Cool, but can’t drive it around the city like that.

Someone unbolted my “cat” and left me 3 bolts just to piss me off. Insurance will cover, but it sill will cost someone $1300 for the converter, $100 to install. (that’s if there is not damage or welding needed. (San Jose, CA)

August 21, 2009 at 2:18 am
(494) I Travis says:

2007 Toyota Tacoma – I caught them in the act today. I was parked in a remote parking area at the Beach at Hayward Regional Park in Hayward, CA. Walked on the beach and when I returned my truck was the only one left in the lot. I looked around when I approached the truck and no one was around. When I turned on the ignition I heard the loud noise. I was not sure what it was so I jumped out to take a look and saw my muffler hanging down. At first I thought the muffler just came loose, but it did look strange and something suddenly made me feel very un-easy about being out there all alone in the remote area and this strange situation. I quickly jumped back in the truck, locked my door and then saw a man about 25 feet away walking over the beach dune toward me. Something made me feel uneasy about him as he came out of no where and was walking straight toward me like he wanted to talk to me. He came within 5 feet of my truck when I was backing up, but never made a motion. I knew something wasn’t right. Once I got back in town I pulled into a station and after careful inspection underneath the turck, I saw that there was a big hole in my muffler next to the catalytic converter and a big wrench with chain wrapped around it was still hanging from my muffler. I think the cat is still there but they destroyed the muffler trying to cut it off. I guess mine was welded on? Apparantly I caught them in the act when I came back to my truck and they left so quickly that they left their tool behind. I kept it for prints and will turn it into the police tomorrow. Not sure if insurance will pay, but my deductible is $500 so I am out the money either way.

I am more concerned about the safety issue and if people are really this desperate to steal a $50 part, then what else will they do for money. I hope the police, insurance companies and auto manufacturers take this crime seriously as someone may really get hurt as a result. Beware, watch your surroundings and try to travel with someone else, especially in remote areas.

August 21, 2009 at 3:04 am
(495) Danny says:

San Diego, CA. My ’97 4runner’s cat got hacked off in my workplace’s parking lot. It’s so loud and annoying now… gotta get it fixed soon.

August 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(496) Mary Ann says:

The catalytic converter was taken out of my 94 Toyota 4-runner on 8/19/2009. The car was parked in a UCLA parking lot in Westwood Village. The cat was sawed off. Rather than pay $1100 at the Toyota dealer just for parts, I took it to a muffler place and they put in an after market for $510 plus tax. When I called AAA, they said they had gotten a call that morning of another stolen catalytic converter in Santa Monica. The lady at the muffler shop said she had heard about 15 catalytic converters had been stolen in the previous month. The guy who replaced the cat welded it on, and said there wasn’t much I could do if they saw it off, but that they were less interested in after markets than originals. I should’ve asked why. Anyway, the first thing I thought off was to tape a snake to the bottom of the car, but it would probably die. Maybe something really toxic to the skin? I don’t know.

September 5, 2009 at 9:38 am
(497) gsteph74 says:

Had mine stolen from my 01 Jeep Cherokee this morning in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Son of Beeeches!! Can anyone tell me about what this should cost for repair? gsteph74@gmail


September 10, 2009 at 7:30 am
(498) pizzed off says:

i am a 50 year old disabled person with many health problems and a low fixed income.my toyota 1992 4 runner was in my drive way we could see it from the front window,it was also under a street light.i also had an alarm on the vehicle,alot of good that did.is what we need to do is hook up a live car battery to the converter and when they touch it they get zapped.is that legal i wonder? i have a 1000 dollar deductable.i get less than that a month.with medical bill ,utilites,rent,gas,etc.how am i to be able to recover from this.i need transportation.if there is a kind indididual out there that can help please contact me.janelle 489-917-2293 thankyou for reading my complaint.

September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm
(499) NewHorizon says:

They hacked one off my Toyota Tacoma in a commuter parking lot here in a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC. Midas put on a “universal” (cheaper) converter. Total cost $400. Not bad, but I’d rather have kept the $400, ya now?. (A high insurance deductible makes this out-of-pocket for me too.)

(Hmm, is anybody really going to read this far into the comments?)

September 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm
(500) suvs says:

Hi, New Horizon –

Unfortunately, as long as the thieves keep hacking off converters, people will keep reading and sharing their stories here. You’re lucky that you were able to find a generic cat — out here in California, we don’t have that option, and the repair is much more expensive.

September 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(501) Bubba says:

Dodge Ram 1500, doggies went crazy around truck, looked and saw EVAP hoses and wires hanging, and connectors on the ground, right in my driveway 5 ft from the garage door!

Though the dumb $sses were kind enough to leave the welded cats in place, they ripped and cut the wiring harnesses all to hell before they decided it wasn’t worth the effort… the engine computer just spewed trouble codes all over the place, and definitely doesn’t run the same. Wiring fixes are $100/hr at the dealer. Figuring $500 just for wiring. Ugh.

September 25, 2009 at 1:47 am
(502) Jordan says:

My 2000 Toyota 4runner is in the shop right now getting fixed. I drove all the way across the country from New Jersey for this job in Phoenix. The first night I got to my house I unpacked and passed out. I drove down to Tuscon to visit my friend at U of Arizona the next afternoon and when I got on the highway it started getting really loud. I brought it to a garage when I got back and turns out it the exhaust pipe was cut right by the Catalytic. I paid $100 to get it re welded back on.

Not being warned that this was probably someone trying to steal that piece off of my car I continued parking right next to my house (literally 5 feet from the house) in the same spot under the sensor light. About 2 weeks later I realize my car is making a rattling sound, the breaks weren’t working right and something metal was shaking on the bottom of the car. On my way to work on interstate 10 my exhaust fell of the bottom of my car. I had to get AAA to come bunji it back on to last until I could get it back in. He said it looked like someone tried to steal the catalytic. When I brought it to get fixed they said the same.

Fortunently the rust on my car prevented them from getting most of the bolts off. They then decided to try to get it off with a hack saw twice and were probably scared off. I assume the first time my roomates came back from the bar pretty late and they may have prevented it. The second time who knows, maybe the light sensor came on outside and they got scared and left. But they had got 90% of the way through and thats why it broke off after driving.

So in the end this resulted in my exhaust having to be replaced, the rear drive shaft needing to be completely re-made, the brake line was somehow cut on the back left tire and that caused the master cylinder to give out after driving on it for over a week. $1,300 later they have not successfully removed my catalytic. They obviously know where I live and where my car usually is parked. I am going to try my hardest to keep these thieves from taking it. From now on my trucks going in the garage every single night.

I think this is really ridiculous how many people have had this happen to them, I never knew about this until my mechanic told me how big of a problem it is here in Arizona. His neighbor had hers stolen three times in two months. Hopefully the scrap metal assholes will stop letting these thieves cash in. Anyway good luck to everyone else trying to prevent this from happening, they will try again if you leave your vehicle unprotected so be aware.

October 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(503) Wendy says:

This morning I got up and started my car. It was like 5:30a and saw that my car sounded like it had a diesel engine! It was so loud, so I turned off the engine, looked under my 4runner to realize that the Catalytic Converter was missing. It cost me $250 to replace it. You have to watch out for these thieves!!!!

October 5, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(504) Mark in Tempe says:

My catalytic converter (’89 Toyota PU SR5 4×4) was stolen this morning from the Home Depot parking lot. I was only inside for 30-40 minutes. Fortunately they didn’t cut it off. The brackets and bolts were laying on the ground. (It would have cost a lot more to replace pipes.). An aftermarket converter at Checker Auto was $110.

Here’s my plan. If it’s stolen again I’ll spend $220 for 2 of them. On one of them I’ll use a hacksaw to cut off flanges, and take them to a welder to attach them to a straight pipe (of appropriate length, the same as the converter). I’ll run straight pipe all the time. When it’s time for emissions testing I’ll replace it with the real converter.

I’m a big supporter of environmentalism and conservation. But, I’m not going to shell out a lot of dough just because manufactures designed their cars in such a way that valuable metals can be stolen so easily.

BTW: I don’t think I’d weld the bolts. Like I said, if they cut the converter off it will cost a lot more to replace the lead-in and muffler pipes. I’d rather make it easy for them to take just the converter. Or, eliminate it completely as described above.

October 9, 2009 at 1:35 am
(505) david says:

Tonight , here in Phoenix, my toyota was relieved of its cat converter while I was working. Tomorrow I’ll check and see what kind of damage there might be.

October 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm
(506) Mike says:

The University of Maryland police are investigating the thefts of multiple catalytic converters from vehicles during the early morning hours of Thursday, October 8, 2009. An unknown person(s) came onto the campus and used power tools to remove the catalytic converters from four vehicles in three different parking lots. This is an ongoing crime in other parking areas relatively near to the campus, but has not until now, been a problem on the campus. It is believed that the thieves crawl underneath
the vehicles and use portable, electric power tools to remove the catalytic converters.

October 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm
(507) Shea says:

San Antonio, TX –on the good side of town–

I went outside this morning to take my son to school and started my truck. I could only describe the sound of my 2000 Jeep Cherokee as a Harley. A really, REALLY loud Harley.

It wasn’t until later this afternoon that I had my mechanic take a look. He simply stated “Honey, you’ve been robbed.” My CAT was GONE, along with the exhaust piping on both sides (about 2 1/2 feet missing total).

As a single (working) mother of 2 with only this vehicle, I don’t know where I’m going to come up with the $500+ I was quoted to fix this issue. Seems like a HUGE loss for me, just to let some junkie get about $40 for the platinum.

Anyway, I think it’s about time that I trade in my wonderful Jeep (lovingly named The Chief) for the El Camino that I’ve always wanted. I hate to give in to crime, but maybe it’s a sign. That beautiful low ElC around the corner has really been teasing me lately.

October 10, 2009 at 12:09 am
(508) Dave says:

Dog gone it. My 4runner got hit last night with perfect cuts to pipe. Quite nice of them to leave the oxygen sensors!! I sort of feel better knowing this crime is so common, plan to put in a cheap one and change it out in two years. No sense in putting in a decent one which will just get stolen again. Hope my cheap one works! Riverdale (Atlanta), Georgia

October 19, 2009 at 5:38 am
(509) george says:

ok so first u get your catalytic converter riped off then u go to a shop and get really rapped….i have a 98 blazer, and im actually replacing my catalytic converter this weekend and will sell the old one to a scrap yard…the catalytic converter is only $120, and like u said it only take a theife ten mins to rip it off, well guess wat thats about how long it takes to bolt a new one in…so im not sure why you are paying over a grand to get urs fixed…seems like the shops screwing u more then the theif did..now don’t u feel like a retard…

October 23, 2009 at 4:39 am
(510) not named says:

You would thing being a police officer would immune you to this, well your wrong. There was an attempt to take mine on my 2000 4-runner, with my police cruiser right on the side of the 4 runner. I woke up to my 1/2 Catahoula-1/2 Rottweiler, police K-9 barking and growling outside, so I walk outside to see what was going on. Well, it seems ‘ol Camo had two perps pinned under the 4 runner. After the on-duty officer and I were able to stop laughing for a while at how stupid these guys were, he made the arrest. With a little interrogation, and some intimidation by Camo, we also got the name of the scrape yard were they were selling the stuff, which is now under investigation for receiving stolen parts. Like the old saying goes, “Criminals is stupid.”

November 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm
(511) jackson says:

This is my second time that my catalytic converter was stolen,the first time I didn’t know what to think. So this time I immediately traded in my Toyota Tacoma 4 wheeler for a sedan.Now I have peace of mind…… Laurel,Md.

November 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm
(512) Jeff says:

just had my cat con stolen last night on my ’97 4runner.. today is my bday..

November 5, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(513) Jeff says:

i should mention that it happened in Mesa AZ…

November 18, 2009 at 10:32 am
(514) Pat says:

I wrapped my cat (not kitty) with barbed wire. Thieves are in a hurry, and don’t want to screw around for too long.

November 23, 2009 at 2:11 am
(515) JT says:

I had 98 4Runner cat stolen early Fri morning in my condo complex. First time something like this hit our complex. Dunno if I was the only since there’s like 4-5 other 4Runners around too.

Cost $1700 for genuine Toyota cat; luckily I have $100 insurance deductible.

December 9, 2009 at 1:37 am
(516) Mary says:

I Looked up catalytic converters, and followed the prompt for catalytic converter theft, I was shocked to read the first couple of paragraphs written in January of 2008, except for the name Moose my vehicle and the incident that happened to me was almost identical. I was shopping and came out of the store to start my car when suddenly it sounded like 12 motorcycles without mufflers started up. I had no idea what it was that was wrong with my car. But she had purred like a kitten when I drove to a few stores before this one, there had been no indication that there was any kind of a problem. This happened on Saturday Dec 5 2009 on Mason Road in Katy, Texas. I took the car to my mechanic on Tues. Dec 8, he took one look under the car and told me someone had stolen my catalytic converter. I made a police report Tuesday evening, it almost seemed that they did not believe me. I took the car to the mechanic so that he could fix it, I had no idea that anyone had taken parts off of my car, I didn’t know that they were so valuable or cost so much to replace, I would have made a police report on Saturday if I had only known that I had been victimized! So warn your friends and family, call in anyone seen under a car, get involved especially if you own a Toyota!

December 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm
(517) Maggie says:

My 1998 4Runner got hit today in broad daylight in a restaurant parking lot near a busy street in Dallas. They sawed it off. The police eating lunch in the restaurant took my report. Cost me $200 to get it replaced.

December 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(518) Tom G says:

My 95 Tacoma was got last night in Northern California. Happened at night. Got up this morning to go play golf and what a gift for Christmas Eve, my cat conv was jacked. They cut it off with pipe cutters. Nice and clean with no noise. Going to cost me $550 to replace. I wish I would of walked out and caught them. My bail would have been 3-5 times as much and they would not be walking.

December 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(519) Diane says:

I was having dinner, my 2002 tacoma sounded great when I went in, but 35 mins. later when we left it sounded like crap. Since I really don’t know much about cars I looked underneath and saw that something was missing by my muffler. I called a friend to take me to work and he said someone stole your converter. Bastards, we just had Christmas and now I have to pay for this.

December 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(520) Josh says:

Just had mine stolen off my 96 4 Runner here in South Austin. Appears to be clean cuts behind the flanges. I also think that they knocked some lines loose as I am leaking oil and transmission fluid. Anyone know of a dependable place here in S. Austin to get it fixed?


December 31, 2009 at 1:00 am
(521) Oran says:

THEY GOT ME! It scared me when I started my Sequoia. Didnt think it was me till i cranked it again. Apparently there are two under the Sequoia. They also took part of the O2 sensor. I’ve gotten quotes from $850-$4000. Houston,Tx

January 2, 2010 at 12:41 am
(522) Bill says:

I just got hit over Christmas. Does anyone know how much this will cost me to replace? This sucks

January 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm
(523) Lee says:

I had no idea this was happening. I got into my 2000 4Runner at 8 pm, after a 12 hour work day, and upon turning the ignition, it sounded like a Harley on steroids or an old jalopy. The car vibrated getting louder when I gently touched the accelerator. (Jason’s story is very familiar). I was afraid to drive the car home, like it might blow up. I went twenty mph chug-a-lugging home. The next morning, woke up at 6, to take it to the Toyota dealer by 7. I was soon educated about the theft of my catalytic converter. There wasnt any socket wrench used. Someone sawed through the pipe on each side. It is only now I realize that my insurance company has certain repair shops it like to use, and the dealer’s price will cost me more than just the $500 deductable.
If this is such an epidemic, SUV manufacturers should invent a side panel that folds down from the running board, perpendicular to the ground! Come to think of it, the front and back will still be open ;-(

January 28, 2010 at 1:45 am
(524) Lynn says:

Well, today was the second Cat theft on our 1997 4-Runner.
These people must be very hard up. We were parked in a ferry terminal parking lot from 11:30 am until 5:15 PM. We parked facing the busy street. So what, they still got it. When the Police came to take the report they checked another 4-Runner parked nearby and they got that one, too. I guess we’ll be looking at a catclamp and an alarm system. Our will cost about $3000. to replace. Last time it was $2500. Insurance will pick up the tab, but our rates may go up since this is our second go-round. Tell everyone you know to be on the lookout and report anything suspicious.

January 31, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(525) Robb says:

They got me Today!!

woke up a lil late for work walk out side to my truck thinking damn what a nice lazy sunday morning I should be doing anything but working. I get to my truck disengaged the alarm with my lil remote but noticed that it gave an extra beep indicating that the alarm had been triggered during the night. I got in surveyed my belongings and glass to make sure everything was intact, everything seemed fine so I figured it was a false alarm.

Continuing about my business I fired up my 2000 4×4 Tacoma and it sounded like a raging stampede of wild buffalo.

I knew immediately what it was as this has happened to a few of my friends, what a fked way to ruin a perfectly good sunday.

My best friend is a mechanic so replacement will be fairly cheap but I am expecting my first child to arrive within the next 3 week so any extra expense is taxing on my family!

Damn you Jerk A** Thieves!

I wont be able to afford the cat clamp so maybe ill just buy some cable and weld that to the damn thing.

Cheers and good luck to anyone who has a similar story.


February 2, 2010 at 3:53 am
(526) jon says:

Woo Hoo! I just got hit by the truck of some would-be cat thieves working on my ’95 4runner. I ran out to fight, they tried to run me over. One bruise is better than $1200! Cops very helpfully took my name and number. Maybe that will help catch bad guys?

February 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(527) Alyson says:

I got hit today, just about an hour ago now. Went shopping in Oklahoma City for literally 10 minutes in my local Michaels store. When I got out, my 93 4Runner sounded like a Harley. I went home, called my dad who is a mechanic, and he told me what to look for. It’s gone, alright. :( I wonder how much this will cost.

February 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm
(528) Church Buss says:

this is the thrid time we got hit for our converter

February 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(529) Michelle says:

Yeah I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and someone stole my catalytic converter. I’m not sure how much it’s going to cost yet but if it truly is $1,000 for replacing that… damn. Bull crap. I am completely livid. And my car is a grand am so it’s really low to the ground! AND they would have had to go into the snow because the snow wasn’t blow around the car. @#$%@#%$ Seriously. What the HELL. I wish I could execute justice on an individual level.

February 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(530) solpeace05 says:

I guess early this morning was my turn in Fairfax, VA. My ’93 4Runner got hit while I was sleeping. They did such a “nice job” that the exhaust system and the front flange have to be replaced. I reported this to my apartment complex office and they said another person had just come in the office and said their’s had been stolen during the same time. My fear is that once I have the parts replaced, the thieves will keep coming back.

February 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(531) D. BROWN says:


March 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm
(532) Bill & Jeanie says:

Hello from Beaverton, Oregon. Early this Monday morning my hubby got a surprise when he started his “94″ Toyota T100 to head off to work. Instead of a mellow hmmmm he got a loud rumble. He knew immediately what it was since our neighbors Toyota had been hit last week. Neither one of us have a garage we can park in so our rigs are out (unprotected). We do have an alarm on ours, but it is only activated if someone opens the door, so it didn’t help this time. My hubby popped his head back into the house and told me what happened and that he would be taking my van to work.
Jason was lucky that they unbolted his. They used a hack saw on our truck and made it so that other items have to be replaced as well.
We were told to have the pick up towed into the shop for repairs since other damage was caused when they hack-sawed the unit off. So far the estimate we were given is $1,788 just for the converter part (not labor or any of the other parts). We have a deductible of $250 on our insurance. Hopefully there won’t be additional expenses. Fortunately we have AAA so the towing is covered and since we have a 2nd rig we won’t have the added expense of a car rental.
The shop cannot do repairs until Thursday since the part is being ordered/shipped from CA.
We have considered having the unit spot welded but we have learned that if they want the item bad enough it is not going to stop them from taking it.
I find it very upsetting that there is nothing we can do to stop this from happening again. My husband doesn’t work two jobs just so that crooks can rip him off.

March 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(533) Dennis says:

I was a victim last Friday night in Peoria, AZ. I have a Toyota Tacoma truck. The cop says that even tho they have cracked down on unscrupulous junkyard dealers, he thinks these now are going directly to Mexico. Other than a garage does anyone know of a suitable deterrent to these scumbags?

March 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(534) David says:

I work in sales at a large furniture store in the Denver area. On Friday night 3/5 came out of work at 10 pm and turned the key on my Toyota T100 and got a thunderous response from the engine. Sure enough, a foot and a half long section of exhaust pipe just back of the engine had been removed and I assume with it the catalytic converter. unfortunately management informed me that recordings by security cameras for the parking area were not retrievable.

March 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(535) Kurt says:

I just had mine stolen in San Jose out of my 99 4runner. I went to start it and a loud rumbling noise came from the exhaust. I then knew exactly what had happened. I am from Arizona where this happens more often that it should. I am checking around at scrap dealers in the area as they are the ones who benefit from these thieves! I called the cops and they said it is becoming very rampant lately in my area. I got a quote for replacement, $1400. Wow, not its time to clean out the garage so I can park there for the future.

March 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(536) jim west says:

I got off of work this week and found someone had cut my passenger cat off my 05 tundra. They also got 5 other toyotas in the same lot with security and survey cameras in the parking lot in broad daylight. I went to my local muffler shop and they put on an aftermarket cat but dealer seems to think it will give me nothing but trouble. I’m kind of afraid to go back with factory parts due to I wouldn’t be able to afford to many more cats being stolen.

March 26, 2010 at 8:18 am
(537) Terri says:

I became a victim this week at work. I drove my Toyota Tundra three times that day, to work, to an appointment and back to work and it was running fine. I went to leave that night and could barely hear over the noise coming out from the truck. I drove to the dealership and was told my converter had been sawed off. Sure enough the next day I could see the shavings on the ground where I had parked. That day another employee was hit as well on his Tundra. It turns out the area has been pretty hard hit lately with vehicles being targeted all over town. Pretty expensive fix too, thank goodness for insurance.

March 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm
(538) James says:

In Beaverton, OR…94 Tacoma…last night mine was swiped. Police said it’s happening more frequently due to metals inside. Just unbolted it and left them on asphalt with the brackets…so the new one can back on with ease (and hopefully stay?). Needless to say my truck is going in the garage and not the street. $250 Deduct. on ~$1100 repair at dealership.

March 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(539) Sarah Stier says:

We were victims without full coverage, huge expense we didn’t need, bummer! For anyone who’s looking into protective options, I found this, haven’t tried yet, but it garuntees the theft prevention for the catalytic converters. It’s called a CatClamp, found it online !

March 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(540) suvs says:

Sara — Please report back to us if and when you do install a CatClamp. We’ve had conflicted accounts about this product and the company that sells them. I’d love to hear an honest assessment from an actual owner.

April 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(541) Karen says:

They got me yesterday while I was parked in a parking lot with lots of people and in broad daylight. I too have a 2000 4-Runner!

April 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(542) ian Geddes says:

2004 Tacoma, in my drive… same sh!$… thanks you bastards.

April 10, 2010 at 1:04 am
(543) Dale says:

My 4 runner had the catalytic converter stolen in broad daylight today in Altamonte Springs, FL. I was in the hospital waiting for my fiancee to have surgery when it happened. I came outside to take her home and my car sounded horrible! I thought the muffler went. Went to Toyota and they told me what it really was! Called the insurance co. as well–$500 deductable is my reality. Hopefully, the hospital can cover the deductable on their liability policy. Had the police write a report in their presence. They had cameras going, but it was hidden by trees supposedly. I’ve read enough here that I know I need some type of protection. Maybe weld lots of hidden fishooks onto my next catalytic converter!!!! I’d love to hear them scream when they remove it the next time!!!!!!!!!!
This is pathetic people!!!

April 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm
(544) Joy says:

3 weeks ago the cat was poorly cut off our ’04 Highlander in a hospital parking lot; had to replace the whole muffler $2700 (ins $500 deductible); last Friday we were hit again in the same lot! Another $500 deductible and another muffler – there does seem to be a defensible fix…any ideas?

April 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(545) Kim says:

Ours was stolen last night out of our Toyota Sequoia while we were parked in a hotel parking lot on Beach Blvd. in Buena Park. So our little overnight trip to take kids to Knott’s Berry Farm ended in a $4,000 repair — apparantly we had two converters and they’re both gone, according to Toyota dealer. Luckily our insurance will cover. I have never heard of this until today!

April 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm
(546) LE in VA says:

I’m a LE office in central VA. Not knowing what the heck was going on I googled thefts of Toyota catalytic converters and happened upon this site. This week alone, 4/20/10 – 4/23/10, there were 5 converters, all 4-Runners, from the same parking lot. This lot is immense and has several medical buildings. Will numerous people walking or doing business in this complex not the first witness has come forward. In all of these instances the converter was cut with some sort of a saw. The sad truth to this sort of theft is if we don’t catch them in the act, or they’re positively identified by a witness, they will continue. But the big if, is if there wasn’t the unsavory sorts that were buying these stolen converters out there then they probably wouldn’t be happening.
Be vigilent.

April 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm
(547) Blane says:

Got mine this Sat. evening at the Olive Garden in Huntington Beach, CA 99′ Toyota PreRunner. Unbolted in seconds. $1250.00 to replace, plus $125 for a muffler shop to weld a metal sheild over the cat to prevent being able to cut or unbolt the new one. Plus now I guess I need an alarm also. Fushing theifs!

April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(548) Stuart says:

Been victimized just yesterday. At local transit station, parked my beloved 93 4runner all day to go work. Got into car, turned key, vvRROOOOMMM. I thought an open class stock car was next to me. Looked under car and saw that the cat was just hacked out, 2 inches behind the O2 sensor and 2 inches in front of muffler, hacked the hangers too. Found a great muffler shop nearby that got me back on the road with new cat for under $300.00, thanks to the crook, he didn’t mess up the O2 sensor or mount. What a hassle. Saw on internet a device that may thwart the bad guys, but a cost some $$$

April 30, 2010 at 9:55 am
(549) Mike says:

Last night in the parking lot of my office building someone sawed mine off. (Midvale, UT) I’m not having kind thoughts toward the people who did it. It was parked in a dark part of the lot. I do have a car alarm but didn’t hear it go off. Last year they stol my daughter’s entire car from this lot, took the converter, then dumped the car. I’m just putting a pipe in place of the converter until I can afford the $1100 to replace it. So for $40 worth of scrap metal these guys can cost me $1100. I think I’ll set a trap for them. They’ll be back.

May 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(550) Andrea says:

In Glendale az in a school parking lot during school hours, they got mine. I drive a 2002 toyota sequoia.

May 17, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(551) Stefan says:

My ’96 Toyota T100 sits on our driveway as there is no way to get it in our garage. I drove it on a Monday, no issues, and then got it in this past Saturday, turned the key and thought I was sitting in a tank!

Got out and looked under the truck and probably 3 feet of piping missing from the front to the back. Seriously pisses me off that people do this. I only carry casualty on my truck since it was just a spare vehicle. So, I can’t afford to take it to someone to fix. My father-in-law suggested going to a local welder and just having some pipe welded in place.

I just wish that I could once, catch someone doing something like this. I’d give them a good work out with my 3 wood. It just makes you feel helpless and violated to have something like that done.

Best of luck to everyone.

May 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(552) DaveyH says:

Just had mine stolen yesterday. My 1993 4Runner was parked on a busy street in Redwood City, CA. Discovered it like everyone else – engine sounded like a dragster and then discovered bolts on the ground. Guess I will be getting a CatClamp so this doesn’t happen again. Anyone have this happen after installing the CatClamp?

May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm
(553) John says:

Happened to my 98 4Runner today while parked at work. There is surveillance with a security guard, but no recorded video. With 165K miles, I think I may still order the CatClamp. I haven’t read all the comments to see if the CatClamp does the job, but I would be so pissed at myself if I didn’t take a little precaution and it happened again. I would suggest everyone whose jurisdiction hasn’t already acted on prohibiting the scrap dealers from purchasing to contact their legislature and urge for change. Biggest concern for me is that I have to park directly across from a Home Depot where they can apparently buy these damn saws!

May 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm
(554) Paul says:

My girlfriend calls me and says “honey it looks like something is hanging off your car” I go outside and look and sure enough my cat converter is gone. I wish death on anyone who does petty crap like this. Haven’t gotten an estimate but from what I read here it’s not going to be pretty. I live in an apartment with roaming security and still got jacked. Tampa is full of meth heads/crack heads. A pothead would never go through so much trouble for a sack..

May 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(555) Ned says:

I parted out a truck and some guy asks If I still had the cat, I said, yes, he says how much, I said $50, he was there in 1/ 2 hour and gone. I don’t think he needed parts, he just wanted cats.

June 3, 2010 at 2:41 am
(556) Mandi says:

Yes I lost my cat from my 1990 Toyota 4runner last week. Called the repair shop and said the cat was stolen. He just said :you must have a Toyota.: I have found out they are the most popular and easy to take. NOW WHAT. Repleace it and have it stollen again?

June 11, 2010 at 11:32 am
(557) Johnny says:

I had my cat cut from under my Jeep Cherokee last weekend in Phoenix Arizona. They hit 5 other Jeeps and Toyotas in my apartment complex, and numerous more up and down the street. I ordered a “CatClamp” yesterday, I hope this will prevent any future attempts at my catalytic converter.

June 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(558) Paul Martin says:

Just had mine stolen in L.A. Quiet neighborhood street, ugly city.

June 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(559) stan j says:

They tried to saw mine off my 4WD Tundra when I was in church! Someone must have come outside, because they almost had it, but left without. Was sawn about 2/3 of the way through on both ends.

June 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(560) STrike says:

Litchfield Park, AZ. Toyota truck parked at a golf course parking lot, catalytic converter cut out. $1000 cost on my end with the insurance company covering the other $1000. You work hard for what you have and then some dirtbag comes along. Can’t wait until they get caught and eventually they will.

July 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(561) Wendy W. says:

Portland, OR
Just discovered my Catalytic Converter was stolen from my ’93 Toyota Truck, right in my own driveway just a few feet away from the house. I came out to mow my lawn and saw the loose pipe hanging down underneath. It probably happened the night of 4th of July, and I was home. I am so pissed off!!! I feel very violated!!!

July 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(562) PLL says:

Sacramento, CA: We have a 07 Sequoia, both cats were stolen from the vehicle in the driveway on June 19. Cost to repair just a few bucks under $5k, these thieves damages 3 sensors which added to the insurance claim. It appears the only way to prevent theft is in a locked garage, although they are stealing them from anywhere like the grocery store, shopping malls, movie theaters and your workplace.

July 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(563) ronni says:

4th of july I was in the parking lot of a nursing home where my mom resides, I was there about an hour to come out to the roar of what sounded like a Harley passing right by my ear. The vandals….yes vandals sawed it completely off. My 2002 Sequoia is in the shop and tomorrow, hopefully, I will be able to get SUV back. Thanks to auto insurance the 5000.00 bill will be handled by them. I think law enforcement also needs to not be so lackadaisical. We stopped a sheriff and he acted like it was nothing, did not get out of his car to write a report nor did he get out to at least investigate what might have happened.

July 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(564) z says:

98 4runner sounded like a Harley this morning.
damned thieves took the converter last night.
In the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA 90026

July 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(565) Leo J says:

Sacramento CA, Mather: PLL it cost 5 K??!! My cat was stolen last night at work,07′ Tundra 5.7L, only saw one missing and its attached sensor but didn’t check the whole exhaust system yet.

July 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(566) NaptownGuy says:

Hey All,
I woke up to the sound of metal cutting last night @ 3am, and knew exctly what it was. As I hustled out the door w/ flashlight & firearm in hand to confront these bastards, the saw me and took off. No worries – I got the Tag, and a good look @ the occupants. Just went dowm to the Police station today and positive ID;’d the bastards. Arrest warrtants have been issued. My neighborhood has been getting slammed by these guys. This time they only got halfway through my neighbors 2000+ 4Runner before I got to them. If I didnt live in stupid MD I would have unloaded on these guys, problem solved (I had them in my sights dead to rights, and they ran anyway figuring I wouldnt shoot). Hope they do time.

July 14, 2010 at 2:40 am
(567) Victim says:

I woke up early this morning and ready to use my 4runner 96 toyota. Turned on the engine and scared the heck out of me when i heard the kabooooooooooommmm. I did not know what was going on. I realized my catalytic converter was stolen. I was very sad and laugh about it because I was so hopeless…

July 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm
(568) Aaron Felcher says:

My wife parked her 99 Toyota 4 runner at the sacramento light rail parking lot as she has for 2 years. This afternoon she called me and said something is wrong with my car, it sounds like just like that tractor you rented to do our yard. Sure enough I went home and looked and the converter was gone. So they took the damn thing in daylight hours in a transit parking lot. That’s ballsey. Why are they stealing them? This sucks!! I hope someone starts their car and runs those F@!#ers over.

July 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(569) Unbelievable says:

Well, it’s now happening to older model Fords or, in the alternative, the thieves are so stupid that they can’t tell the difference between a Ford and a Toyota! Last night in KCMO my daughter had to leave her 98′ Explorer on the highway due to a blown tire – when she returned this morning, the catalytic converter was gone. They easily unbolted the one on the driver’s side but didn’t get the other one because it is harder to access – they tried to saw it off but to no avail. I really feel for you Toyota owners because a new converter for her SUV will only cost about $80 (sensors were left intact) and the cost to instll it is minimal. I’ve never heard of this until it happened to her. Unbelievable!

August 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(570) Thomas says:

Got my catalytic converter jacked yesterday on my 96 4runner in the parking lot at the campus were I work. In a 3 hour time span, in board daylight. I’m so pissed. Going to cost me $400.00 for the repairs. Man I wish I could have caught them in the act. Security cameras showed nothing. This is the third time this has happen. My coworker’s 02 4runner cat was stolen last semester. They actually caught that guy a few months later. Maybe I will have the same justice.

August 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(571) Alex L. says:

Victim too!

They used a reciprocating saw to cut mine too in the middle of the night, my 93 4runner was far from my house on the street. it can be cut in less than 30 seconds. too bad the cops here in Glenwood Springs Colorado are worth a @##%

August 18, 2010 at 10:30 am
(572) Dave says:

As i got off the work (4:30 pm) and started the car, i was shocked to hear the loud noise from the muffler. Later, I found out, s.o. saw off the Catalytic converter from my 99′ 4Runner in 50 Penn place parking lot, okc.

August 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(573) Jimi says:

Crystal meth tweakers have succeeded at swiping my cat. converter today. They were nice enough to unbolt it instead of sawing it off. I have a 1994 Toyota pick-up, minus a cat. converter. But hey, some people pay for their cars to sound like mine, and i got mine done for free.

August 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(574) Rob says:

Came out of work today and found that someone cut out my cat from my 98 4Runner with a portable sawzall. They took it in broad daylight while truck was parked on corner of busy street. Didn’t ever hear about this happening in Queens, NY until today when I called the local muffler shop and they indicated that it has been happening a lot. Then of course I found this site and see it has happened to a lot of other SUV owners. Does anyone know if the CatClamp really works?

August 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(575) They Got Me! says:

I have a Lexus Rx330, and had the EXACT same experience. I was at the library in broad daylight. Came back out and it sounded like a motorcycle. Lexus said a few months ago, some theif stole every cat convert. from the RX’s in their car lot. I am looking for a lojack or some kind of anti-theft device, because I had to file an insurance claim…the bill was over $1700.00!

August 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(576) Chris says:

This morning (8/31/2010)

I woke up pretty pleased because it’s payday. The last thing I expected was to walk to my car and see my exhaust pipe on the ground underneath…. 2001 Chevy Cavalier. There was another cavalier parked next to me.. same thing happened to it. $257. Didn’t file a police report.. was too pissed off. Hopefully the guys next to me called the police. I’m shocked to come to this article that was posted 2 and a half years ago and discover nothing has been done about this… It’s a major inconvenience and a pain in the ass…

September 3, 2010 at 11:42 am
(577) tim says:

Just got the cats stolen from my rig it will cost $850 for a new y-pipe..

September 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(578) Fadula says:

Sawed my cat off my 97 4runner in broad daylight in Dulles North commuter parking lot, (Sterling, VA). Police said it happened a couple of days earlier too and they couldn’t do anything. Only one local scrap metal dealer in area, next nearest is owned by same company. They take a picture of all vehicles plate that come on lot and video every transaction. Said they would look out for my cat and get a a disk of everything if it comes up.

I think I’m going to try the barbed wire…. Razor wire sounds good too. Can’t shoot’em in VA…. Well, I guess you could but, not supposed to.

September 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(579) Jacob says:

Mine was cut clean off sometime in the last two nights. Woke up this morning… and found out by the noise. Has anyone had to replace a Honda Element Cat-Convert? Happy Labor, file a claim, Day. Location: Logan Square / Bucktown – City of Chicago

September 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm
(580) Frank Z. says:

Last week I had my catalytic converter cut out from my 97 4runner. Unfurtunately, I didn’t realize at the time that a theft had been perpetrated as the muffler was original on this truck and figured it had seperated from the pipe. As I was on my way to work I didn’t bother to check underneath. The next day at the muffler shop the reality of what had happened took a while to sink in. I tried to report the crime but was told that I should not have taken the truck to the shop and repaired it, but should have called the police first. As for the repair, $1200.00 later and two trips to the same shop and the rattles won’t stop.

September 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm
(581) Carrie says:

Suprised that these posts are pretty old! I had my catalyic convertor stolen today! Went in and started my car, was going to take my kids to school and it roared so loud! Freaken theives!

September 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm
(582) John says:

My 96 4Runner’s catalytic converter was stolen yesterday. The thieves used a power saw and trashed my exhaust. I wish they just stole my whole truck.

September 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(583) DAMON says:

Just got my catalytic converter sawed off yesterday on my 1992 Tacoma. Luckily, the thief didn’t tear out the rubber part that was holding the muffler in place. Now I have to find a shop to solder it back in place. What an amateur thief!

September 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(584) Jonathan says:

We just had 8 stolen the other day off of our trucks.

October 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(585) CO2NYC says:

Just had mine stolen on Long Island over the weekend from my 97 4Runner…awesome. Going to be around $3000 to fix it because they also damaged the muffler.

October 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(586) jeremy says:

My 2001 Jeep grand cherokee was hit this weekend in the middle of the day. I was at work, my jeep was at the bus stop. The officer I worked with told me 5 or 6 other cars were hit the same day in the same lot.. all done in the middle of the day.. stupid f*ckers!!

October 12, 2010 at 9:33 am
(587) Jim says:

Someone tried to take my catalytic converter on my 2007 Pilot. They werent successful but managed to cut the pipe. This haappened at the Woodbury commoms in NY. Wife works there and makes the employees park in an obscurred lot so not to take parking away from shoppers. Police said not much they can do. S

October 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(588) Barry says:

I own two 1998 toyota four runners that park in the jenson beach mall parking lot ,jenson beach florida had them both stolen within a week of each other got an estimite at toyota for 2,230.00 each. What else will crack heads steal.

October 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(589) Papa says:

We just had the cat stolen from our ’05 CRV. They sawed it off while we were in a city office getting some records. We were in there a max of 20 minutes and it was broad daylight and there was a “security guard” not more than 100′ from where we parked. Good old Deetroit! Luckily we only have a $100 insurance deductible.

October 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(590) mark says:

Anyone else have their catalytic converter stolen within a week of taking their car in for smog check or service? Whoever stole mine knew what they were doing and managed to cut it cleanly without damaging CO2 sensors, etc.

October 22, 2010 at 1:41 am
(591) Steve in San Jose says:

Well it finally happened to me too. My 03 Tundra in my driveway during the dead of night. Insurance will cover the replacement, less deductable, but the hassle factor for me is pretty high.

Can’t park it in the garage, but will have to put a motion light outside, and now a camera too.
Such a GD petty crime for a few bucks.

October 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(592) Davey says:


I got hit October 20, 2010. Took from a 97 4Runner. Six days later, on October 26th, 2010 my neighbor’s Mazda MVP got hit. He claims to have heard a noise around 4am.

General questions: Are they taking CC’s from non-SUVs and non-Trucks???

Thank God my other car is a 1969.

October 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(593) Bolin says:

They got my 99 Jeep Cherokee October 26th. Work parking lot. Middle of the day. They got a Honda Element same day, same lot. Oak Brook, IL. Police said they’d never seen that before… I was surprised to hear that.

October 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm
(594) Clayton says:

I just moved into a new apartment building about 2 months ago, and I get home from school at 2:30. I do some home work and come back out at 6 pm and I start up my 93 Chevy Lumina and it sounded so ridiculously loud. I’m so mad and bitter over it, especially since it happened right where I live. I called Car X and they gave me a 300 dollar estimate.

November 5, 2010 at 8:13 am
(595) Ralph says:

West Columbia, SC checking in….1999 Tacoma, thing sounded like a NASCAR show car when I started it. I was parked in the parking lot outside work (Columbia Metropolitan Airport), came out of work to go home and discovered the theft. The dealership wanted ~$2,200, the insurance company says ~$1,200 (aftermarket cat and Y-pipe, factory tailpipe/muffler–less deductible, of course). Basically, I’m getting a new exhaust system from the manifolds back, they did such a nasty cut job (hey, dirtbag, next time just unbolt the bloody thing!). This doesn’t count the rental vehicle (insurance pays, but still)….

This happened last Friday (29 Oct 10).

I looked at the catclamp, but what’s to stop the dirtbags from cutting the clamp bolts or (yikes!) the frame rail of the vehicle? If they want it bad enough, they’ll probably do it. I understand the deterrent factor (that big red clamp with all the cables pretty much say “Don’t Touch!”), but other than a welded skidplate that encloses the cat, what other ideas are floating around? I work in aircraft maintenance, and have some cable available to me (same stuff catclamp uses), and I’m trying to figure out a dirtbag-proof theft preventer….

Funny story–one of the guys I work with used to work in a NASCAR shop. When I lit the thing off, he came running faster than I had seen him move all week, he was so excited….

November 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm
(596) muffler shop dude says:

That is so sad that people will resort to stealing part of your car. I bet muffler shops are making a killing off of this though. Why can’t you leave your car outside anymore?

November 16, 2010 at 8:17 am
(597) collins says:

happens in the UK, hope the saying ‘what goes around, comes around is true’.


November 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(598) william says:

I have had a resent situation at my home in kansas city mo.
They cut the convertor of my ford escort and my montycarlo
The neiborhood has had 6 of them stollen last week.
The police can only take a report.
Crazy as it seems it is all over.
I think the junkyards should have to ask for ideas if they are
Selling more than one convertor or even if they sell one.

November 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(599) SoCal gal says:

2006 Tundra – LAX long term parking – they had a week to do it so not sure when it happened. Apparently the 4th this week.

November 30, 2010 at 11:12 am
(600) joe says:

someone got under my mothers 1994 Chevrolet Lumina minivan and cut Catalytic converter off it sits low they had to jack it up to get it. They got a Pathfinder parked next to it also same night both in apt. parking lot i went to junk yard to see if they had one for sell they said they can’t sell them it’s against the law. A new one cost $180. So someone put a pipe on it and going to put a oxygen sensor on it and it will run the same if i put new Catalytic converter on it and someone take it again i can’t keep buying a new one and paying labor to fix it they need to get the junk yards for buying them fine them even give them some time in jail it’s the same as if they are the ones under the cars and taking them off

December 2, 2010 at 10:02 am
(601) Maggie says:

Well add another to the long list , i too became a victim .
Thieves stole mine in the parking lot at work in So Cal . Thank god i have good insurance : ) Stupid Thieves !!!

December 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(602) chris says:

I became a victim thanksgiving night. My 05 tundra right in front of my home. I have insurance and it will only cost me the $500.00 deductable and I feel lucky because it is less than the thousands it will cost to fix everything. There has got to be a way to find these thieves may they all burn in hell.

December 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(603) Oberon says:

Mesa AZ, Just in time for Christmas. Lost mine sometime in the last week or so. 92 4Runner sits in the drive next to the 06 Corolla. I use the 4rnr about once a week. Jumped in today, started it, and like someone said, sounded like a Harley. Looked underneath… a sawzall job.

December 8, 2010 at 11:45 am
(604) josh says:

just this morning i woke up to go to work and when i started my truck i already knew my cat was missing just by hearing the way it ran. i turned it off and hoped to alien god that it just came loose or something but sure enough some **** head stole my sh**. called the cops and filed a report but whats that suppose to do? they need to start cracking down on these platinum recyclers cause this is bullsh**. cops need to start doing their ****ing job an patrol more often and not harass the people that get high just to get thru the day.

December 9, 2010 at 1:06 am
(605) Angry in PHX, AZ says:

Chandler AZ, just happened this afternoon. From reading all the post here, seems like this is really becoming an epidemic crime issue. Like in the 80′ when thieves were stealing aftermarket radios for quick buck. Now its catalytic converters. Apparently, someone is buying this stolen property and continuing this crime by lowlife thieves. Legal enforcement must step up and do more to catch these thieves and illegal vendors. Just wish I can catch them in the act so I can beat the Sh%t out of them and saw one of their legs off instead.

December 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(606) Edward says:

I had my cat stolen last night off my 84 toyota 4-runner cut it off with a pipe cutting chain it cost me 255.00 to get replaced which is too much i could of ordered one at rock auto for 65.00 then been about 40.00 to install it i think muffler shops are taking advantage of this and making a big profit on peoples misfortune! When i got home from muffler shop i looked around my driveway there under my trailer was my old converter something must of sacred them away so they ditched it wish i found it sooner well at least i got another as replacement lol . Spokane wa. i got alarm sensors installed around my garage now check them out at harbor frieght tools there called driveway sensors i will catch them next time!

December 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(607) Sam M. says:

Same story as you – started my vehicle one morning to be blasted by a crazy-loud roar. Stolen catalytic converter from my ’94 T100, another nice high Toyota. Only parking available is on the street in front of my apartment, so garage parking (the ONLY advice police and news have to offer) isn’t an option. The vehicle is on its last legs, so spending well over $300 on a new converter and oxygen sensor (yep, took that too) was hard to swallow. In fact, it cost about half of what the vehicle is worth right now – they nearly TOTALED my vehicle in just a few minutes! I didn’t even replace the mirror that was smashed two months ago, thinking i couldn’t justify the cost for the value of the vehicle. It’s not even a bad neighborhood – quiet and beautiful, clean homes all around.

They did mine with a saw, as the bolts are rusted badly enough to be functionally welded. Despite the age of the vehicle, shops are still legally required to put in a converter, and I couldn’t just weld in a straight pipe myself to replace it since the oxygen sensor was gone too. So frustrating, and like you, I sincerely hope the police put pressure on those b*****d scrap dealers to cut out this practice that hurts everyone in the long run.

January 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(608) chris says:

my moms 4runner is park in the garage all year and the two days we leave it out, Dec 31 and Jan 1 2001 it gets stolen. if these people need the money that bad then let them have it. what goes around comes around. happy new year to all
san jose, ca

January 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm
(609) Sarah says:

My brother had his stolen off of his 98 4runner in the parking lot of his High School. Sad thing is the school hires a police officer to patrol during school hours and it still happened. On top of that i know of four other people that have had it happen to them in the past week.

Sarah from Tulsa, OK

January 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm
(610) Espen says:

Got mine stolen last night in the driveway.. in a nice neighborhood. 97 4 Runner.. Called my brother in law to warn him about it because he has the same car and lives close by but it was to late.

Hope someone catches them red handed soon.. Not sure what you are allowed to do to people breaking into your car on your own property here in Texas.

January 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm
(611) The Destroyer of Catcon Thieves says:

This CC theft issue has been under the radar and needs to be brought up to the forefront.

My Honda 91 CRX got stolen and was recovered.

I found out that the exhaust system and CC* is gone (*I feel it is gone cuz of this online research that brought me here tdy).

Will find out more early next week.

The feds have to get rid of these fake assed CC’s asap, period.

As for the thieves, I pray they stop doing this or they certainly will lose their lives, one by one.

Hey extreme environmentalists, go to China to protest their huge pollution output besides we no longer need ya around here.

January 17, 2011 at 7:18 am
(612) The Destroyer of Catcon Thieves says:

I apologize for my harsh comments toward the thieves.

Instead, I will pray for them to repent.

Have a blessed day!

January 17, 2011 at 10:23 am
(613) Trinity Serpentine says:

I’ve been hit, not once but twice, in less than a month! ARGH!

January 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(614) Sincerely Pissed-off says:

Have had a several cat/cons stolen from delivery trucks in our parking lots recently. Work for a Paint Company in Fullerton, California. Low-lifes have apparently been using cordless electric saws to cut them off. Each truck has two cat/cons. The cost is $2,600.00 per vehicle! ouch! Here in California you have to replace the whole exhaust assembly. You can’t just weld them in place. Emissions law. arrgh! Agree that something has to be done legally with the scrapyards that buy these items from obvious thieves.

January 18, 2011 at 11:25 am
(615) Katyanja says:

I had mine sawed off between 2-3pm on December 22, 2010 right outside my office window in Grand Prairie. I drive a 99 4Runner, Joe. Poor Joe, Thank god I carry collision on him still. Over $3000 of damage since the thief managed to destroy the muffler and some other stuff, too. Ended up having the whole exhaust system replaced. It only cost me my deductible but still it made for a harsh christmas since I was really hating humanity and losing faith in people. Reported to police but did absolutely nothing nor even cared.

January 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm
(616) mannyman says:

Just had mine taken this week, 1990 Nissan Pickup. Its a pretty beat work truck now didnt think there anything left of value on her, just a work truck. Cost 175 to replace, and im pretty sure the used one the shop sold me was brobably previously “borrowed”.

January 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm
(617) TXGIRL says:

I was just a victim last night on a 96 nissan truck. They sawed it right off in the night feet from my window and I never heard a thing all night! Sad that insurance wont cover it and the police cannot track it so now it is 800.00 to fix it!

January 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm
(618) Sky says:

I own a 99 audi a4 quattro with the 2.8L V6 engine. Had it at my mechanic’s getting some work done and theives cut a hole in his fence 2 weeks ago and hit 7 cars including mine for the CC. Since I have DOHC, its two CCs jacked from mine alone. I’m pissed like many of you here. Since my car was not locked in his garage but out on the lot, his insurance wont cover the costs so its an out of pocket expense for him. My insurance is only liability. When my car is repaired, whenever that is, I’m going to have him install one of those Cat Clamps. I hope he learns from this and gets some cameras up in there or at least a real mean yard dog.

February 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(619) Scott says:

2002 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner. Cat was stolen 1/22/2011 and was sawed off. It was parked beside a neighbor’s house in Encino, CA. Cost of repair was about $950. My insurance adjustor said he’d seen it done 3 times in the past 6 months (let’s see, maybe multiply that by all the insurance adjustors in L.A. and ??? – what a number!!!).

So many desparate people and the police are too busy handing out parking tickets and speeding tickets to even bother. The city needs income, so they say, and what return to they get for busting up a cat-theft ring? $0 What do they get from writing tickets? $$$ Cops – 0, Robbers – 1

February 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(620) scott longbeachca says:

had mine taken along with oxygen sensors during rain. then the very next night in my wifes car i was cited for california stop a block from home. i guess the police feel sitting on a stop sign waiting to ticket people inside cars is more important than busting the crackheads underneath them. obviously, i’m pretty p—-d and now that i’ve read this i know i’m not alone…..and now what?

February 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm
(621) Dave says:

Mine cat was stolen off my 98 Tacoma because the back parking space is very secluded and perfect for someone to take their time witha sawz-all. It cost 2500 to replace the entire exhaust system. The thief WILL be back for my new one. I just found out im being layed off of work, so you know what? I’ll have all the time in the world now to sit in camoflauge in the dark corner of my parking spot ALL NIGHT long, waiting with a hand gun. I WILL KILL him when he comes back. I’ll consider it justice and revenge for us ALL! When they lock me up please guys, rally for my release. Im sorry it has to come to this but no one will help us! I will take the law into my own hands. I hope this gets the authorities attention, go ahead look up my email address and come question me and try to charge me with something you useless cops, im done reporting crimes to you when you NEVER help! You know what the cops do, they ticket u for noise pollusion. F-n pigs!

February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm
(622) Faye says:

I work at Lowe’s HIW, Inc. in Mount Vernon, WA. Came out from work jumped in my 1999 Toy Tacoma 4×4 (Lifted) hit the starter and I thought the engine was blowing up it was so loud. I immediately shut it off, waited a minute and started again. Same thing. Got out and looked underneath and I could see cut pipe in two places and nothing inbetween. Call my son and he said drive to his place a mile away and he would check my converter. When I got there he looked and said, “It’s gone! From O2 to O2 the converter was sawn off!
My insurance will cover everything after 500 USD, but there goes my next paycheck and I will be eating at my childrens dinner table for about a month!
I am not “Religious” BUT GOD WILL “GET YOU” WHOEVER YOU ARE! You can’t out run something you can’t see!!!!!

March 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(623) Dwain says:

I lost 2 in 15 days off my Toyota tacoma 2010. the first was in my driveway. The second was last night at safeway in less than 5 minutes!!!! This cat is a assembly that includes a resontor. No after market parts…1700 bucks just for the part and before tax I might add……. Hard to believe. I may buy a Chevy

March 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm
(624) Jusg says:

Some no good, low-life, scum-sucking, cracked out SOB tried to steal the damn CATALYTIC CONVERTER off my freaking 2003 Jeep Liberty. Some a**hole actually got on the ground in 23 degree weather with a windchill of 16 degrees, crawled under my Jeep with a freaking hacksaw and tried to saw it off. In broad daylight in a busy lot where people are constantly coming and going. They ruined the neck of it, so now I’m going to have spend an arm and leg to have it replaced. I am sooo pissed. My brother put some metal looking thing and some clamps on there for now. And now, I can’t park at my usual lot, because they’ll try to finish the job.

March 12, 2011 at 1:40 am
(625) Brian D says:

I just had my catalytic converter stolen from my 99 4Runner while it was parked in a very busy parking lot at work in broad daylight. They just removed it with a recipricating saw. I am seriously worried about this happening again after I replace it.

March 29, 2011 at 7:51 am
(626) FarmGirl517 says:

Yesterday I started my 2000 4Runner to go to lunch at work. It was loud! Crawled under it and sure enough the cat had been cut off by a cordless saw. My truck was parked where it always is, right next to my co-worker’s cars, in a parking lot in broad daylight next to a busy road. It probably only took the thieves 30 seconds to cut the cat off but it was very bold.

April 5, 2011 at 1:18 am
(627) Ed says:

Unfortunately my catalytic converter was stolen today. I’m just a high school student that works at a Best Buy Mobile at the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Florida who got out of work at 11 P.M. to find his perfectly kept 1999 Toyota Tacoma SR5 PreRunner sounding like a race car . I F****** hate whoever did it. But it’s okay because I found out what my truck sounds like with no exhaust which makes me want to just change the entire exhaust system to a MagnaFlow or whatnot so it sounds wonderfully loud. It was professionally cut off. I contacted mall security and later the police came to take pictures. It was the second one within a few hours to be stolen in the same area of the mall. I just don’t like the trash that lives in this world. I’m a strong believer of faith and karma and that a**hole will definitely pay.

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May 11, 2011 at 11:57 am
(631) Justin says:

I can relate to Brian (625) and could almost use his post verbatim . I had my catalytic converter stolen from my 96 4Runner while it was parked in a parking lot at work in broad daylight. They removed it with a recipricating saw by cutting both on sides. Apparently it can be done in less than a minute. I’m sorry to see there are so many posts dealing with the same issue and I’m sorry for anyone that comes across this page because they just found out theirs has been stolen. I’m not sure about the price yet, but when I took it to a Toyota dealership they said it could be upwards of 3k…I’m hoping not.

May 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm
(632) ronnie says:

a new catalytic converter even in California should cost no more than 300 to maybe a little over 400 dollars on a toyota truck…mine was stolen last border of Costa mesa in Santa ana month I paid 400 dollars for part and installation…I bought a cat-lock for a little over 100 dollars…this device will keep your converter stuck to your truck…you could purchase this item at cat-lock.com.

May 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(633) annoyed says:

East Sacramento, CA: Stolen from my ’97 Tacoma at night while parked on the street in front of my house. Unbelievable. Bad karma for those thieves.

May 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm
(634) Mike Schinkel says:

Looks like I am not alone. I parked my 1999 4 Runner LTD in a parking lot overnight in Midtown Atlanta only to learn of this type of theft. Ugh.

May 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm
(635) erin says:

Just had my catalytic converter stolen off of my 1990 Toyota 4Runner while it was sitting in front of my house in what’s suppose to be a decent neighborhood in Seattle.

May 30, 2011 at 3:57 am
(636) Maddie says:

Mine got unbolted and stolen in my driveway…I was awake and didn’t even hear a thing.

1200.00 to repair it. I could just curl up in a ball and cry…I don’t have that kind of money and I’m terrified that I’ll pay it and that as soon as I bring it home, they’ll come back and take it again.

Ughhhhhhhhhh….this just pisses me off!!

June 7, 2011 at 10:49 am
(637) Taylor says:

This is ridiculous.. Had mine stolen off my 99 jeep grand Cherokee last night parked right in front of my house.They took a saw to both ends of the exhaust pipe and now the back of exhaust is just laying on the ground. This happened in East Atlanta in Candler Park.. A nice neighborhood. Can’t even describe how mad I am right now..

June 8, 2011 at 4:41 am
(638) Brian S. says:

Parked near the Oakland Coliseum to see U2 and when I started my Toyota 4×4 I noticed the converter gone!
Pretty bold but the Oakland Police said the city gets about 20 reports a day on this problem. Ruined my perfect evening!!

June 11, 2011 at 12:22 am
(639) wjkolar says:

My 4 Runner in front of my house here in Portland Oregon. Does not go in for new tags for almost a year. Since it was unbolted I just might have a pipe with out the converter installed for now.

June 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm
(640) Drew says:

My 93 4runner cat got swiped last night in inner SE Portland, OR. Nice neighborhood other than dumpster-diving bums…guess not. I guess I’m lucky they just cut the bolts not the exhaust but what a pain. Worst part is now i’m gonna be super paranoid…

July 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm
(641) Ryan says:

Got mine stolen last night. Im not going to even try to replace the converter, just going to put a piece of straight pipe there for now. $50 fix at my local muffler shop, might think about replacing it later.

July 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm
(642) keith says:

Same story. Woke up this morning and started up my 97 4Runner. It sounded like a motorcycle. Sure enough, the converter had been sawed completely off in the middle of the night. (Pleasanton, CA) Thanks a lot scumbags.

July 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm
(643) Zak says:

Well, I’m part of the club now it seems. Had my cat stolen out of my gym (Planet Fitness) parking lot in El Paso, Tx…i knew the place was a shitty gym, but I never expected to have something stolen! Happened in the middle of the day, no witnesses, I was only in the gym for an hour. Even with insurance, $495…and as all of you have discovered, there is NOTHING you can do about it.

July 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm
(644) Jose martinez says:

I have a 2002 Chevy Malibu and I replaced the Converter and the O2 sensor for less $200.00 myself. There are 3 bolts on each end of the Converter and the sensor is bolted on it. It’s the dealership and auto repair shops that charge so much.There’s a web site that figures out how many of THEIR hours it will take to do the job. then add insult to injury they’ll charge 4x the price of the product. It ought to be aganist the law.

August 7, 2011 at 4:46 am
(645) Papini says:

You are going to love this! I walked up to my car today at the San Fernando Mall, and I heard the sound of an electric saw being used on a Toyota Tundra, and I knew EXACTLY what was happening! So I called 911, no answer! I grabbed my satchel, in which I just happened to have a BB gun, and my phone, I got out of my car, took a photo of the car that was blocking the view of their “job”, and told the look out guy, I know what you’re doing! the other guy gets out from under the tundra, and asked me why I took a photo of them, I told him I knew what he was doing, and he comes towards me! looking mean! so I take the BB out of the satchel! he turned to the other guy and said: “he has a gun!” so they fled! but I flagged down a police officer about a minute later, reported it (well, not the BB part!) and long story short, they caught the guys! It seems that from there, they went to report their van stolen! but the police called me in, and had me look at some mug shots, and I was able to recognize the driver! which was supposedly the person who had been carjacked, and that’s why he was reporting the van stolen! I FEEL GOOD!!!

August 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm
(646) suvs says:

Wow, Papini! Great story! I wouldn’t recommend pulling out a BB gun in public to other readers, however. What if the criminals had a real gun? What if the police saw you with a BB gun, and assumed it was a real gun? As expensive as a catalytic converter is, it’s not worth getting shot over.

August 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm
(647) Papini says:

I know! but it just boiled my blood! It happened to my girlfriend! she left her Toyota Sequoia in front of my office, and when we came back a few hours later, it sounded like a whole bunch of harleys with the loudest exaust systems! Yes, you are right! the BB thing was not the greatest idea at the time, but I’m glad it worked! and that they didn’t have a real one! :-)

August 8, 2011 at 3:37 am
(648) Mark says:

Lost mine today, ’00 Corolla with 400k+ on it. Broad daylight, on a busy highway in north Georgia. Parts will be under $200, but the pain will be the missing chunks of pipe they sawed- about 4-6″ from the joint, just to be more convenient, I guess.

August 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(649) ericgr says:

Looks like I get to join the club, also, from just outside Philadelphia, PA. 98 Toyota Tacoma that I parked at my train station, like I do everyday. When I got back to the car at 5 and started it up I nearly jumped out of my skin. When I looked under the car I could see the neat sawzaw cuts. Bastards! They must have had that out in under 2 minutes and been gone.

August 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm
(650) RightIn AZ says:

I had the converters stolen off my Toyota Sequoia in June while parked in front of my house in Mesa, AZ. Fortunately, I had installed video surveillance on my home three weeks before the theft.When I reported the theft and the video to the Mesa Police, they were very excited to get their hands on the video because there have been dozens of the same thefts in the general area – mostly Toyota’s.They caught the guy this week, and he admitted to ripping off 80 vehicles.It cost $1400 to get the cats replaced.

August 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(651) Rafae Herrera says:

I pulled my boat to a boat ramp in a high end neighborhood in Stockton, CA. I parked on the street where many other truck with he trailers were parked. When I got back to my Sequoia to pull the boat out of the water I heard this loud sound coming from under the truck. A lady from the neighborhood heard the sound and ask me if my catalytic converter has been stolen,]. I acted surprised and said “I don’t know”. When I looked under the car, on the passenger side, I saw that the catalytic converter was sawed off and I had to drive my car home with my boat and this loud sound. This was on a Sunday at 6 PM. The lady also told me that he has two catalytic converters stolen this year.

It is truly an epidemic.

August 23, 2011 at 8:09 am
(652) Lisa says:

I am a recent victim of catalytic converter theft. I was at work, came out to leave after working a 12 hour shift. Turning the ignition it sounded like it exploded. Looking under the hood and under my vehicle I saw that my exhaust pipe had been cut. My catalytic converter had been cut off of my vehicle in daylight , while I worked. The sheriff informed me that there is so much money in these, that scrapyards do not usually check to see if these converters are stolen. Fortunately, I have full coverage on my 97 Toyota 4 Runner , so – I only have to pay my deductible. I think the scrapyards are just as guilty as the theives for accepting these. My only hope is that these losers end up getting caught. You reap what you sow my friends.

September 15, 2011 at 9:08 am
(653) Kelley says:

Yes they removed the catalic converter from my husband work truck 2010 plate. He had it replaced with extra plates to keep it secure, brough it back last night and this morning got up again and the theiving tossas had done it again. How desperate are people to sit under a truck unscrewing an exhaust for £100. Thats what this poksy counrty has turned into because they are not being made to work, so they get all the help they can then steal of others that work

October 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm
(654) cjb says:

just replaced the one on my ’89 Toyota 4×4, it was stolen in ’09, $600 to replace the exhaust system and converter. Sad to see the thefts are still going strong year later. Gave the truck to my 19 yr old, need to find a way to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

October 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm
(655) Bruce Tulpo says:

A lot of you are saying that this thievery is the sign of the times…I don’t own a Toyota but I accidentally left my garage door open one day and six bicycles were stolen…one was my son’s who does racing. He had $1000.00+ invested in that bike… the other bikes were replaceable but with a cost. I live in a middle to upper middle class (even some people are quite wealthy) neighborhood. Is it the sign of the times? Oh, by the way, I’m 73 years old and this happened in 1978…I have worked in prisons for 30+ years (Jeffrey Dahmer had a real sense of humor)…and I was able to trace down the culprits and it was a gang from my neighborhood…all white dudes. A $1000 was a hell of a lot of money back then. I investigated the theft and found out that the biggest liars and manipulators I have ever met were middle to lower upper class white dudes. Interesting… Today it is all political…all of millionaires and billionaires have stolen more money than all of the car thieves in the entire world; when I was a kid I worked for a few millionaires and later for insurance companies.,,

October 31, 2011 at 1:37 am
(656) J.T. says:

This really pisses me off. I usually keep my 94 Toyota pickup in our underground parking garage at our apartment. We had company over last night so I parked on the street a half a block away to allow our guests to park downstairs.
I go out to my truck to go to work to day, started my truck which has 374,000 miles on it and I thought I’d blown a gasket or something. Once I figured it out, it really pissed my off. Hell, if they were smart enough, they should have opened my broken rear sliding window and they could have had about $500.00 in tools.
As far as replacement goes, the best price I got was at J.C. Whitney.com. for the Magna-Flow at $107.00. I won’t be a victim again.

October 31, 2011 at 3:17 am
(657) BNO says:


November 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(658) Dave Kingman says:

Had mine stolen from my 1988 Toyota pickup. Bast**ds left 3 bolts but took the 4th with them. It’s obvious that they will wait 30 days and recheck for a new install, then steal that one too. So my idea is to weld the bolts after the new one is put on, but then take vehicle to a welding shop and have them bend up and weld a thick steel box to the undercarriage, around the converter to keep them from being able to saw and remove. Kinda expensive but maybe it will stop another $250+ (California) cat replacement.

November 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(659) Dan says:

My was stolen two weeks ago and I have just had it replaced. I still cannot get the engine warning light off and I am beginning to wonder if something more than the cat was taken. I am bummed.

November 10, 2011 at 11:32 am
(660) JR says:

I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma and last night thieves cut my cat converter out with a saw-zaw in no time flat. Took it to Middas here in Dallas and they said it was a huge problem right now with the price of precious metals so high. I live in Austin and came to Dallas looking for a job, but I think I have decided to stay in Austin and hope this “epidemic” stays in the bigger city’s. But I doubt it. The Midas guy said ” welcome to Dallas”, thanks for the hospitality.

November 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(661) Cathlin says:

Had an attempted Cat theft from my 99 Tacoma in Livermore CA on Nov 8th. A neighbor came over and described the dirt bags and their car. After I took the kids to school in my other vehicle I returned to put the truck in my side yard. When I got to the house the dirt bags had returned. I scared them off and chased them until I had their plate number.

They came back on Nov 20 and finished the job, even after I had it spot welded. I am considering the catclamp now.

December 6, 2011 at 2:04 am
(662) Bud says:

Dan did you check your O2 sensors? otherwise just disconnect and then reconnect your battery! What a surprise another 4 runner, mine was stollen last night and replaced it today. I am going to weld some hardened steel rods and bolt a plate to the chassis below the cat. It should at least slow anyone who tries to steal it down. I am working on a way that will shock the shit out of someone who touches it too, just need to find a way to localize it to strictly the cat. I would look forward to coming outside just to find someone having spasms under my car.

December 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm
(663) D.R. says:

Had mine hacksawed and stolen off my 99 4runner. Took it to shop today not looking forward to geyting estimate

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December 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(665) Carrie says:

’92 Toyota 4×4 Pickup. Got my catalytic converter stolen last night. Same story as everyone else. Parked it in lot next to a nice restaurant, came out after dinner to the loudest truck in town. I haven’t gotten an estimate yet. I’m at 255,000 miles on my pickup. It’s not worth a $1000+ repair and I don’t have money for either the repair or a new vehicle. I have no idea what I’m going to do now. None. Thanks, converter thieves. I hope those drugs are worth it. I’m praying for your overdose.

December 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm
(666) Tim says:

VICTIM – DALLAS – Cinemark Theater @ Shiloh & NW Highway

2003 Toy Sequoia
Thief cut the right side catalytic converter off…

Be sure to call the police and take the time to file a report.

December 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm
(667) Teresa says:

Another victim – Chico, California – parked in the driveway of my home.

Have a 1995 Toyota Tacoma 4×4

They unbolted the catalytic converter, fortunately didn’t damage the O2 sensors and nice that they left 3 of the bolts laying on the cement. Cost a little over $600 to get it repaired/replaced.

I’ve been partially unemployed since the end of September (making 1/3 of what I used to make), totally unemployed 3 months prior to that, and not eligible for unemployment benefits either.

Now that’s a Merry Christmas…….NOT!!

December 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(668) Courtney says:

On the 28th of December our catalytic convertor was taken off of our chevy cavalier , it wasn’t un bolted it was sawed off. The next morning we noticed when we were leaving to go to work, then by the time we had gotten home our property management company called the towing company and had our car towed, so our car got vandalized on their property and we had to pay over 100 dollars to get our car from the tow lot plus we have to pay hundreds to get our car fixed. This matter was reported to the West Chester police department. You people stealing these things need to go to rehab, get help .

January 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(669) Marie says:

Lucky for me my crooks had no skills (and no brains!) Repair shop guys said they cut three places but never lined them up top to bottom so instead of thousands – i’m only out $80 for welding. Not bad considering the other possible outcome. I’d had a flat tire on the interstate with my grandson in the car; it was after dark so I decided to just call for a ride home and deal with the car the next day. I parked under a bright light on a busy interstate. How many things went wrong with their lives for them to end up stealing parts off broke down cars on the side of the road – and still not succeeding! I hope they’re better at making license plates in jail.

January 6, 2012 at 10:28 am
(670) jan gelsleichter says:

I was a detroit police officer back in the 70′s. One day as i left work and headed to the parking lot I noticed the left rear of my car sticking up. Getting nearer i heard the sound of metal on metal and observed a not so attentive look out by my car. Drawing my gun i came around a corner and observed 3 men had my car jacked up and were removing the wheel. Surprise. No one in the station believed me at first.

January 6, 2012 at 10:41 am
(671) jan gelsleichter says:

who would ever believe…coming out of work one day as a Detroit Police Office, I noticed, in the police parking lot that the left rear of my car was higher than the rest of the vehicle, and the “lookout” was looking the other way. I drew my service revolver and as i rounded the corner “surprise” 2 men kneeling down were removing my wheel. Needless to say when I took them back in to the station no one believed me.

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January 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm
(673) SailorMars says:

Well, like Courtney above, my New Year’s present was a stolen Catalytic Converter as well. *_* Came home from vaca. to find that “unmufflered” sound when I started my ’01
Chevy Cavalier. The mechanic said they’d sawed it right off – right in the parking lot of the apartment complex. It’s gonna be nearly $1000 to fix my whole exhaust now. My car is old & rusty so I hope the Converter was too rusted out to do them any good; B**tards! >_<

January 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(674) karen says:

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January 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm
(677) Jackson in Denver says:

So i just got a 93 4runner great shape, anyway im very paranoid about getting my cat stolen even more so after reading all these stories ,and for the fact that three or more cats have recently been stolen in my lot and the adjacent lot to my apt. complex i swear im going to catch one of these thieves and…………………….

February 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm
(678) Pat Terry says:

Guess I get to join this funky list of surprised folk…
While my truck CV was getting repaired today and sealed with rebar gentleman walked in upset and stated his vehicle had been hit…the night after me. Truly incredible.

February 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm
(679) The CAT Burgler says:

I am probably one of the most experieced cat burglers in the united states, I alone have stolen well over 2500 converters, and with the help of sites with comments such as these, have become a master in my craft, I take offense at comments like tweaker, crack head and idiot..apparently, if youve been my victim, your the one with out too much brain matter, especially the people I hit multiple times . The thing that makes me laugh harder than hiting th

February 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm
(680) The CAT Burgler says:

I am probably one of the most experieced cat burglers in the united states, I alone have stolen well over 2500 converters, and with the help of sites with comments such as these, have become a master in my craft, I take offense at comments like tweaker, crack head and idiot..apparently, if youve been my victim, your the one with out too much brain matter, especially the people I hit multiple times . The thing that makes me laugh harder than hiting th the same person more than once is reading about you arbitrarilly complain about it. Oh and a special thanks to those of you who post the areas with little to no law enforcement concern. Youve made me rich beyond my wildest dreams, and will be happy to know you are putting me through law school where I attend a very prestigious university in new england. I hope to someday become a criminal defense attorney.

Oh and whats with the people making threats ? One time I told this big body builder guy who caught me outside his gym to hand me his keys and cell phone and lock himself in his car until I finished. He did….hahahaha ive been laughing about that for quite a while.

The only friendly advice I have is make sure and keep those cat bolts oiled! I carry a tool for ever occassion, same goes for your morons putting on cuffs etc. that just pisses me off, if I have a real hard time or god forbid cant get at it I will essentially render your auto worthless.

Thanks again -the CAT burgler

February 14, 2012 at 12:36 am
(681) concerned says:

Cat burglar, I would of given you my car keys, kicked your ass and then take the keys back. Just because he’s a bodybuilder doesn’t mean he knows how to fight you moron. You just met a bodybuilder who was full of ego instead of fight. Remember “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog”! You hope to become a Defense attorney??? You don’t sound confident like you do as being a thief. You will always be a thief. I’m not going to call you a tweeker, crack head or an idiot, just a individual who can’t make a honest living. Good luck in your future because you’ll need it

February 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(682) Unhappy Taco guy says:

Add me to the list. My 99 taco pre got hit this mornin. Feel devastated, and just can’t believe it. I just can’t believe people would put so much effort into stealing something with such little value. I guess that is why they call them petty thieves.

February 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm
(683) Hansman says:

Woke up this morning to find my 98 4 runner sounding like a Harley. Looked underneath and found the pipe cut and catalaytic converter gone! Wish I heard the saw as they were taking the precious metal, so I could have given them a little more precious metal from the 12 gauge! This is what you turn to when you have no education, no ambition and no regard for anything other than yourself. I’m sure the parents must be proud! The rest of us work hard and do things the right way. Hopefully one day they cross the path of the guy who catches them in the act. Sleep in peace scumbags!

March 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm
(684) Esav Benjamin says:

Most cat convertor thieves run in gangs fueled by meth heads.
Immense profits allow thieves to purchase diamond cable saws that slice through muffler pipes like butter in seconds without making a sound.

March 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm
(685) perry fischer says:

i had my catayletic converter stolen off my 1997 toyota 4 runner and they took both my 02 sensors, now im having a hard time getting my check engine light to go off. so far im 700 hundred into it and still isnt fixed…. but the good news is they caught the guy whos been stealing them.

March 26, 2012 at 11:34 am
(686) Sacramento says:

My 2000 4Runner was hit on Sunday early morning. I bet their mother is real proud!

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April 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(688) See says:

This is why i dont buy a SUV, thieves will 80-90% of the time go for the higher up SUV’s as opposed to a honda civic..
But honestly, if i ever saw someone cutting off a converter, i’d probably break there arms, so they could never steal one again, then take a piss on him too.

June 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(689) P.Jensen says:

Just had ours stolen today!! 1996 4Runner… Stolen in a Mall parking lot. What a PIA!!

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June 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(691) Pete says:

We had this problem with my mother’s TOYOTA SEQUOIA 2 years ago,that this SUV is usually parked in the Garage.Just that afternoon/evening i borrowed it to take my GF to Malibu to propose her.That night i came home and parked it in front of my mother’s House.Next Morning she called me,that something was wrong with her Truck that if i had damaged it.Well i wen tover checked it out and i noticed the sound coming form the Botto,.Well sure it happen,i noticed somethign like a Fresh Cut and i said outloud:”MOM I THINK SOMONE STOLE YOUR MUFFLER!”…LoL….Well i took it to the shop like that loud Motorcycle noise and sure did.The Catalytic convertor was stolen.Teh price was 1,000 something dollar.Which i had to Buy the brand new part (took away money from my wedding) to replace it to my mother’s truck,I took responsibility for My mother’s truck since she is on a low Budget Income.Well an expensive experience.

I heard that crack heads stela this to sale them for 100 bucks.It’s like taking a candy away from a kid…They steal them,so they won’t ahve to Rob a Liquor store/7 eleven where COPS are always Present .So they go under the Vehicle Hood in few seconds at Night.Next Morning they’re on their way to sale it and Buy their Crack..Without probably ever getting caught easily and prevent themselves getting shot or caught if robbing a bank or liquor store.All they want is easy Drug Money…there must be a way to Stop this continuing Madness…

July 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(692) Virginia says:

1998 Toyota 4Runner
1st attempt parking lot of the complex I lived in. Bolts were removed and theif tried to saw the other side. I guess the theif was interrupted because in the mornig it was hanging.
Cost $50.00
2nd attempt I have no idea where because I was on my way to work and then my turck sounded hella loud. Got off the freeway and sure enough the theif cut one side off but did not get the bolts off.
Cost 100.00

July 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(693) jeff says:

I was a victim today. Went into my local best buy store for15 minutes and came back out to find my cat converter missing. Apparently they had sawed it off. I couldn’t believe it!!

July 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm
(694) Tyler says:

and its still happening, the post started back in 2008, and its now 2012 on july 20 my cat was cut off of my 94 toyota pick up in plan view at a local expo center. cost me $200 at a local muffler shop. seems cheap compared to all of the other stories above. people tell me the news brocasted that the cats. are worth $200 at the local scrap metal yard. i told the owner of the muffler shop about the news and he said how is that so, “if there getting $200 for the cats. then how am i able to sell the for $200. this needs to stop!

September 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm
(695) JUSTME says:

Add me to the list….just moved to Dallas from Tampa and had my truck in the apartment overhang parking area. Was looking forward to going out and seeing the sights when I started it and it sounded like a Harley. I got a quote from 2 nearby spanish muffler shops for $150 and $185 but took it to another shop that I was referred to and having to pay $500.

I see alot of information here about the cat’s getting stolen but has anyone had theirs replaced and then stolen again? I need to find a solution…..

September 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm
(696) suvs says:


I had the bolts on my converter welded in, just to make it a little harder to steal. So far, no theft. But I live in fear, and I keep my 4Runner in the garage, even though it’s the oldest, least valuable car in the family.

I don’t think there’s a foolproof way to protect your catalytic converter. Make sure that you have reported the theft to the police, even though there’s no chance of catching the culprits. The more aware the police are of the crime, the more likely they are to keep an eye out for future thefts, and hopefully clamp down (pun intended) on the scrap metal guys who buy the stolen items.

September 25, 2012 at 7:36 am
(697) rental homes in woodbury mn says:

I comment whenever I especially enjoy a post on a site or I have something to add to the discussion.
It’s triggered by the fire displayed in the article I browsed. And on this article Catalytic converter theft. I was actually moved enough to post a thought :-) I do have 2 questions for you if you do not mind. Is it just me or do some of the remarks come across like coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on other sites, I’d like to keep up with
everything new you have to post. Could you make a list every
one of your shared sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

September 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm
(698) jerry says:

I had my 1993 Toyota 4 runner cat converter stolen twice in six months from my driveway. We have constable patrol til 2;00am.
Of course the thieves strike between 2-5am.

I ordered a catclamp and had the muffler shop install it. They also welded the bolts.

So far no sign of trying to remove by thief. The aircraft grade cable cannot be cut by portable saw.

The Toyota dealers are prime target for cat theft, especially tundras.

September 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm
(699) jim garcia says:

my 4runner and tundra been hit by cat thieves 2times in our manteca not to mention my neigborhood too in manteca area ..and now ive come up with a simple custom made metal sheet that covers the whole chasis where the cat converters located …bolted it and welded it ….so far so good and i dont need to worry about it now…maybe i can custom made some to other who owns trucks other than TOYOTA TUNDRA but dont know yet how to price it ….c my design in u tube!!

September 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(700) suvs says:

Hey, Jim — Did you do anything about releasing heat? My concern about welding a shield over the cats would be interfering with airflow and cooling.

October 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(701) Louise says:

I still have my CC but I was approached by someone offering to clean my CC and I am wondering if this is not a way for theives to steal your CC while you think they are just “”cleaning it out!” I was told that my CC needed cleaning out and that they would do it free of charge (a backyard mechanic). I have a 93 infiniti and I said that I didn’t really think just anyone should work on my car because the infiniti is somewhat more complicated than most cars to work on. I recently learned it is an 8 hour job just to change the plugs at home. The reply was that it would be no problem that they would use a recip. saw and cut a hole, clean it out and then weld it back. Well I certainly do not like the thought of anyone cutting a hole in my car period. After reading so many of the posts here am I wrong to think they were entertaining the idea of taking my CC, maybe replacing it with any old CC so it wouldnt be so loud and then welding the pipes back or can a CC really be cleaned??

October 9, 2012 at 1:59 am
(702) suvs says:

Louise — I am not aware of catalytic converter cleaning. My best advice would be to take your car to another mechanic for a second opinion before you fork over any money for this procedure. Catalytic converters break down over time because of the heat involved in the process of cleaning exhaust gasses, but I don’t think there’s a cleaning method that will restore their function. Be very wary of anyone who tells you that they can clean your cat — they may be trying to clean out your wallet.

November 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm
(703) Todd says:

Had my 2003 Toyota Tundra parked in a mobile home park in Turlock CA for less than 24 hours and thieves took the two catalytic converters. And I thought that old folks went to sleep early and didn’t steal anything!

January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am
(704) Terrispots says:

Dallas TX – Thomas ave. Yesterday after work came back to my 92 4Runner – WOW that is loud! Drove it home to my hubby for him to see if there was a big hole in the exhaust pipe somewhere. Yes, there certainly was! About the size of a cat converter. I am so mad I cant even see straight!

January 25, 2013 at 9:36 am
(705) JuSNaN says:

1998 Toyota 4Runner Houston, TX. Voss @ Westheimer; stolen from employers parking lot while @ work

February 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm
(706) Diana says:

1998 4-Runner. Attempted Cat C. theft at place of employment ……sawed it off but left it hanging. I guess my alarm spooked him. Was welded back on. FM1960 & Steepletop, Houston. AND NOW………Saturday .Feb 9th, 2013 Successful theft of my cat. converter in the Staples parking lot on 290 and 1960, Houston. This was around 615pm with a lot of people around. I had one witness to the theft but the plate she wrote down must be wrong….no such TX plate BH7971 Dark Blue SUV, 2 young men. She saw them jumping quickly into their vehicle parked next to me after my alarm went off. The witness was right about the color as they left a huge ding on my drivers side door! Beware! Seem to be trolling 1960. These both happened within a year of each other. I guess they assume I’m rich because I drive a 1998 model????? NOT!!!!!! Beyond angry!!!!

March 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm
(707) RB says:


April 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(708) oliveoil says:

Very bummed out. My cc was stolen 2 weeks ago from in front of my house. $3300 later, all fixed. 2 weeks to the day, again! Hope I don’t every get a hold of these people. Don’t know what to do! 02 Toyota Sequoia. Venice, CA

October 10, 2013 at 11:20 am
(709) The Exhaust Shop says:

I own THE EXHAUST SHOP in Birmingham,Al.There have been weeks that I have had 2 or three 4 Runners and a couple of other SUV’s come in with the cats stolen.sometimes I can tell it is the same person stealing them,the way the hangers are cut the same and where they cut the pipe in exactly the same place every time.A while back the police caught some guys in the act at a local community college.They were arrested,then a few weeks later I could tell they must have gotten out of jail,same exact cut again.Usually to replace one on a 4 Runner or truck,if they are nice enough to leave the oxygen sensor on the vehicle,I install a new catalytic converter on these particular vehicles for $320.00.I wish these people stealing the converters would come by my shop and get some business cards to leave on the window.(just kidding lol).I feel bad for the people this happens to and try to help them any way I can by offering this lower price or I have let complete strangers pay in payments if they can’t afford the repair.It has slowed down here in the last few months.I have heard it happened while people were in Wal Mart,eating lunch,at work,at home,ball games,anywhere.If you catch them under your car,run over them lol.

October 10, 2013 at 11:34 am
(710) The Exhaust Shop says:

Also,the local news stations here in Birmingham ran a story on this problem and went to a local shop and had a truck on an auto lift and showed you the tools you need (cordless reciprocating saw,hack saw,and various wrenches) and even showed exactly where to cut it.So,the thieves that didn’t know how to steal them,got a free step by step lesson on how to steal a catalytic converter.Thanks news team.

October 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm
(711) detroit diesel engines says:

If not, what would be exactly why they’d be discontinued?.

October 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(712) Jason Mc says:

I parked at the OKC airport for only 10hrs last Fri, and mine was cutout/stolen… 2000 4Runner. Fortunately they cut the pipes very clean on each side, was only $190 to replace including labor.

December 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm
(713) Brad says:

Got me! My 1998 Toyota 4 Runner, with 173K on it, had its cat sawed off in the parking lot where I work. In broad daylight! What a surprise when I started it up! Sounded like a tank!!
One good thing is, I have a buddy that knows some excellent mechanics who will weld a pipe on and save me a bundle of cash!
Why can’t these losers go out and get a job like the rest of us?!?!

February 7, 2014 at 11:35 pm
(714) Blue says:

02/01/2014 – Count it #6years since this thread started and ‘yep’ here’s another one. It’s 2014 and our 2002-4Runner just got hit (Richmond, VA). Thieves stole it in 4″of snow and slush….. They were at least nice, real clean surgical cut to the pipes & no other damage. Just now the real ^%$#%# time & $$$ of having to pay to get this ridiculous catalytic converter theft repaired. Well off to a great 2014… who’s next.

February 9, 2014 at 7:07 am
(715) Shadow says:

BINGO! from Humble, TX (suburb of Houston)!! Add me to the list.. went out at 4:20am this morning to head off to to work and BLAM!.. thought my engine wqs blowing up! Another 2000 Toyota 4Runner hit.. checked underneath and sure enough.. catalytic converter gone.. looks like they used an electric saw of some sort to do it.. waiting for daylight to call the local PD or Sheriffs so I can get a report for the insurance company. Today’s a Sunday so will have to use my day off tomorrow to contact the dealer and see about getting a tow rather than driving my now INDY loud SUV in. They just built a new gas station in front of our apt. complex and during construction cut the lights to our paid overhead parking. Been here 5 yrs and no problems but with so-called gated apt. protection.. so much for that BS now that I’ve become another CAT victim. I’m also going to land on the apt. managers butt with both legs about apt. security, security lighting, etc. I hate becoming another victim that has to look over his shoulders. Am also going to probably be purchasing a CAT CLAMP CATALYTIC CONVERTER LOCK.. who needs this unexpected hassle and assault on your property.. and, of course, you and I gotta pay for it all!! I’m not a happy camper now.. thanks for the place to post and vent a little.

February 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm
(716) Bones says:

Here’s another one – 1996 Toyota T100 – Portland, OR – right in front of my house during the middle of the night
Toyota wants $1800 for a new one, so I guess I’ll go with after-market for $500+$30 to install
I’m considering the catclamp, but having a hard time finding it on the shelf. I am going to have my mechanic weld the bolts just to make it a tiny bit harder next time.

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