Common part-time car theft proves fatal

– In the early hours of the morning at St. On St. Patrick’s Day, police responded to a call from an employee at a local business building in Anaheim, Calif. The employee had made a difficult discovery when he arrived at the site: the immobile legs of a man sticking out from under one of the company’s cars, Sgt. Shane Carringer tells the The angels sometimes. When first responders arrived at the scene, they looked at the position of the unnamed man and the machines that were with him and observed that he had been trying out the Toyota Prius catalytic inverter. put out and ran with it – just the jacket that held the car up failed, and the car ended up being crushed to death, Carringer says. The attempt to commit a one-time theft does not appear to be in the southern part of the state: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says, from 2019 to 2020, there was a 400% spike in theft of turntables catalyst, a device meant to slow vehicle emissions.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau notes the same trend across the U.S., with more than a tenfold jump in such thefts from 2018 to 2020, per NBC Los Angeles. Thieves can get a few hundred dollars per unit at local junkyards or auto parts dealers. “They are filled with precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhododendron,” the manager of an auto repair shop in Thousand Oaks tells City News Service. “I believe they are smelted and separating the metals and selling them because they are worth more than gold. “While car owners can reduce their risk by parking their cars in locked garages or well – lit areas, there is little to lose. they can do it once the catalytic turntable is turned on, unless they expect to bring their car’s VIN into the appliance.Even if the police come across a group of units that have gone stole in an attack, “it’s like walking in … and seeing a locker room full of shoes,” a representative from AAA tells the Amannan. (Read more freak crash stories.)