Even with the new law on the books, catalytic converter theft is still on the rise in Washington.
The evergreen state is still experiencing a heavy stream of stolen catalytic converters, and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight. Napa Auto Parts on South Hudson Street is still seeing the same amount of catalytic converters being ordered as last year, according to assistant manager Ryan Dake.
“With the cat converts being stolen, we are also seeing high exhaust repair as well because it gets damaged when thieves cut the converter out. Nothing has changed,” Dake said.
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Catalytic converters became a hot commodity during the pandemic due to the high-priced metals, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, within them. Rhodium’s worth alone fluctuates from $16,000 to nearly $26,000 an ounce, according to cars.com.
Melissa Vasquez, a victim of catalytic converter theft, said her 2006 Mazda Tribute was damaged in the process.
“I was driving to work and my car sounded like a roadster,” she said. “Then, I noticed my full tank of gas was gone. I told my boyfriend and he checked it out, and low and behold, someone stole the converter and punctured my gas line.”
After selling her Mazda for parts, Vasquez now drives a Ford Focus because it’s low to the ground, making it harder for someone to potentially steal a converter.
Washington isn’t the only state seeing a rise in this crime; California and Texas are the two

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