Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested

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udidwht

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Yes! People wouldnt steal catalytic converters, if they didnt have a market for them!
Won't work.

They are already committing a crime by stealing them. The buyers know they are stolen and could care less. Another new law won't change that.

You know what will change it?

Start taking fingers from those caught stealing them. It will stop rather quickly. No joke. The criminal system has become a joke (this from retired LEO).
 

PJ Stough

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Won't work.

They are already committing a crime by stealing them. The buyers know they are stolen and could care less. Another new law won't change that.

You know what will change it?

Start taking fingers from those caught stealing them. It will stop rather quickly. No joke. The criminal system has become a joke (this from retired LEO).
If there was no ready market for them, they would have no reason to steal them.
Also, cutting off fingers? Sounds like you would feel more comfortable living in Saudi Arabia.
 

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Here is what CA is now doing.

-Don- Auburn, CA
Yep, Indiana began enforcing that law last July 1 2022. A cousin has a business of buying junk cars and salvaging parts or fixing up the cars and reselling them.
The new law required him to obtain a state license and register with the salvage yards he uses. Indiana salvage yards have required any seller to register with them and have a copy of their drivers license on file for the past 15 years or so. Then, they only pay by check, no cash business.
 

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If there was no ready market for them, they would have no reason to steal them.
Also, cutting off fingers? Sounds like you would feel more comfortable living in Saudi Arabia.
His tactics are a little harsh but I wonder how many of these thieves they are catching have been caught doing it before and have been released early or never served any time in jail.
 

PJ Stough

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His tactics are a little harsh but I wonder how many of these thieves they are catching have been caught doing it before and have been released early or never served any time in jail.
Good question. I bet if you spent some time researching, you could probably come up with the answer. :)
 

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When I've remodeled my homes I take the scrap wire and pipe to the metal yard. I need to present a photo ID and there's a camera taking my picture at the counter as I get paid. But they don't know where I got that stuff from, I could've scavenged it from anywhere and my transaction goes nowhere unless authorities ask for it. Certainly suspicious to be turning in a truck full of catalytic converters but there are enough scrap yards around a thief wouldn't have to visit the same one often, and I would bet these transactions happen through a different gate anyway. Given the political landscape with DA's that don't prosecute and law enforcement stretched thin, it would have to be a pretty big "ring" to garner much attention. The best protection won't be a law, it's stopping them before they start. I was thinking a "large heavy object" you park over that blocks access to the area of the converter. Could even be a pile of sand or gravel, they're not going to spend any time trying to get through that.

Mark B.
Albuquerque, NM
 

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His tactics are a little harsh
A "little harsh"? If finger amputation was a punishment for stealing catalytic converters I shutter to think what would be the recommended sentence for other more serious crimes.
but I wonder how many of these thieves they are catching have been caught doing it before and have been released early or never served any time in jail.
Good point there and definitely a problem in many places across the US. Can't keep 'em locked up forever but the revolving door of IN & OUT where those convicted of crimes, some quite serious, are released back into society way too soon without much of any kind of accountability.
 

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