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Weird Crime: Catalytic Converter Stolen From Car

Thieves at the local mall didn't want the car - just some of it.

Last Wednesday, thieves came to the parking lot at Northlake Mall wanting a very specific car part: the catalytic converter. And they had almost no trouble getting it.

Jen Burkhart told Tucker Patch that she and her 10-year-old son came outside after shopping mid-afternoon to find a security guard standing next to her Toyota 4Runner. "I thought, hmm, did I park in a handicap spot? He asked if the car was mine and I said yes," Burkhart said. "He told me someone stole my catalytic converter!"

Mall security officers said they heard the sound of a saw coming from the direction of the Toyota and spotted a man underneath it. "The guy took off into the woods near Sports Authority and an accomplice was waiting," she said. Six DeKalb police cars and a helicopter were summoned to look for the criminals, but there is no word yet of any arrests.

"This is so shocking to me," Burkhart added. "I guess this is what they do; they sell the part for the platinum, especially in 4Runners and older cars and SUVs that are easily accessible to crawl under. It takes these people 30 seconds to steal these converters."

wle atlanta II January 07, 2013 at 02:24 PM
they are untraceable, expensive, and easy to steal it;s not that uncommon wle
The Scarlet Pimpernel January 07, 2013 at 03:06 PM
had one stolen about 5 years ago from brakes and more on lawrenceville hwy, right out front on the street during the night, it sucked big time...
Debbie Gathmann January 11, 2013 at 01:12 PM
When my school was in East Atlanta, two of my teachers had their catalytic converters stolen during the school day in the school parking lot--and it was pouring rain! The police told us that it happened daily and that sometimes insurance called it vandalism, but that didn't work for my teachers. And replacing it was a $600 deal!
sam March 06, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Convertor stolen from two identical cars parked adjacent to each other last night from apartment complex in Lawrenceville,GA. Professional workers know exactly how to remove parts in few minutes. Both Collision center and towing driver said they are seeing such cases a lot in recent days.

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