As catalytic converter theft grows, lawmakers take notice
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at cutting down on an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts.
The catalytic converters have become a hot item for thieves because of the precious metals inside. The devices, which have long been required to reduce pollutants from gasoline-powered vehicles, contain palladium, rhodium and platinum. Those precious metals can bring thousands of dollars per ounce, and thieves find it easy to quickly cut the devices from a car’s underside.
The bill in the Legislature would restrict the sale and purchase of catalytic converters.
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