If you see somebody under a car/truck – that might not be roadside repairs – read A’s report, after the jump:
My truck was victim of catalytic converter theft last night…at approx. 12:30 am. on 44th Ave SW and Charlestown [map].
I just happened to be outside and saw a male emerge from under my truck and walk towards a car parked 100 ft. away, still running.
I saw the perp running away from the truck carrying the catalytic converter and get into (what looked like) a Burgundy Oldsmobile Cutlass. License Plate # 420-W-Z (3 letters) but couldn’t make out the letter between W and Z.
When I took my truck in for the repair, the shop mentioned there have been a few of these recently, so be on the lookout.
They steal these usually for the raw metal, which in catalytics is either platinum or rhodium.
Trucks are especially common because they are higher off of the ground and hence easier to access below.