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Old 03-31-2021, 06:14 PM   #1
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Thumbs down More Catalytic Converters stolen at Apartments overnight

Possibly 6 cars near us and maintenance guys work truck
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:33 PM   #2
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Had our delivery truck hit few weeks ago in temple. Took dpf and the rest of the pipe. Cut all the sensor wiring cost about 8 grand to fix
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:35 PM   #3
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Got to be away to stop it I think electrified car alarms!
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:56 PM   #4
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I'm a dummy about this. What is the value? Something inside the converter? Just curious.
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:58 PM   #5
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Maybe a good electric fence ******* connected to the bumper?
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:10 PM   #6
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There is definitely something in the air, we had some people at work get hit, in broad daylight even. We have cameras (not very good ones) on our pole lights, and they got away scot free. Our new cameras will be here next week.

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Old 03-31-2021, 07:13 PM   #7
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It would stop or slow way down if TEXAS made it illegal to sell them.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:17 PM   #8
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Had 2 stolen from Toyota trucks in our parking lot. Fortunately they weren't customers. We installed extra cameras and have a monitor behind the counter. They seem to go after the tundras.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:19 PM   #9
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I'm a dummy about this. What is the value? Something inside the converter? Just curious.
DPS trooper said they make meth with them.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:26 PM   #10
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DPS trooper said they make meth with them.
Guy that runs a pawn shop told me it was for whatever type of metal thats in them. Its a quick and lucrative scrap item. I have no clue, they could take mine and I'd never notice.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:27 PM   #11
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They have platinum in them .
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:28 PM   #12
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DPS trooper said they make meth with them.
They are scrapping them for the precious metals inside
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:37 PM   #13
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They contain palladium and some platinum. They are stealing them to sell to scrappers for the money.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:45 PM   #14
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They are scrapping them for the precious metals inside
Googled it and this is what I found. Precious metals inside. Meth heads probably stealing them. Worth about 250 dollars per converter.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:54 PM   #15
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It would stop or slow way down if TEXAS made it illegal to sell them.
I am not for more laws in the books, but scrappers are culpable in the cycle, it ridiculous itís in the news every day now
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:13 PM   #16
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We have enough laws. Get got stealing. Get shot dead. That's all we need.
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:19 PM   #17
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We have enough laws. Get got stealing. Get shot dead. That's all we need.
I would support this

Resuming public hangings would stop a lot of BS that goes on now
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:44 PM   #18
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DPS trooper said they make meth with them.

Think he meant they are Buying meth with them.


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Old 03-31-2021, 10:23 PM   #19
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They contain palladium and some platinum. They are stealing them to sell to scrappers for the money.
This. Palladium prices have shot up big time this year..
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Old 03-31-2021, 10:45 PM   #20
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It’s a huge problem in the Houston area and won’t stop until the law makes it difficult to sell b
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Old 03-31-2021, 10:57 PM   #21
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We have enough laws. Get got stealing. Get shot dead. That's all we need.
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Old 03-31-2021, 11:26 PM   #22
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Thieves suck, I sold some from my past diesels this year and they averaged about $750 a truck so that’s why their jacking them. Big quick cash for a tweaker, had a tweaker looking scum try to swipe a set of 24” American Force wheels off a Ram dual a couple weeks ago, the big semi lug lugs really frustrated the poor fella, he was throwing a tantrum over not having a socket to fit the nuts LOL. It was comical yet I still feel he needed to be shot in the face,, he did take a few nut covers as a parting gift..
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Old 04-01-2021, 12:01 AM   #23
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Recent news article in Houston about it. Apparently same # cat theft this past February than all of 2020? Paint it bright colors with high temp paint? Seems like easy detective work to set up a few bait trucks and track the network of parts. Hopefully someone’s on it

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Old 04-01-2021, 06:47 AM   #24
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We have enough laws. Get got stealing. Get shot dead. That's all we need.
Thatís what we would like to do.
We work hard every day to have something nice, and have someone who is well able to work stealing our Hard earned property.
Hereís the problem!

With all the liberal laws our lives would be ruined over killing the thief because the thief these days has more rights than you n me!!
Thanks to the liberals..
Nuff said!
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Old 04-01-2021, 06:53 AM   #25
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Shame on yall for having items of value in your truck. Shame on you............
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Old 04-01-2021, 06:59 AM   #26
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Choot em!
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:01 AM   #27
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Aren’t you supposed to take those in with you at night or carry it with you when you go in a store? Or is that just guns?
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:07 AM   #28
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I can see killing someone to save a life.

All you people saying you would kill a thief....would you really?

I feel like I wold live with guilt my entire life if I killed someone period. I could justify the guilt if I could honestly say to myself ďit was their life or mineĒ but over a personal item???? Not sure I could justify that.

I know a very good friend of mine that took someoneís life and he was justified. He still lives with guilt about it daily.


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Old 04-01-2021, 07:29 AM   #29
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I can see killing someone to save a life.

All you people saying you would kill a thief....would you really?

I feel like I wold live with guilt my entire life if I killed someone period. I could justify the guilt if I could honestly say to myself ďit was their life or mineĒ but over a personal item???? Not sure I could justify that.

I know a very good friend of mine that took someoneís life and he was justified. He still lives with guilt about it daily.


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I would never take a life unless mine or my loved onesí were in danger, but thatís because I donít want to end up in jail over something that isnít worth my life. Simple to me. I donít give a **** about a thiefís life, but Iím not the arbiter of his punishment unless he threatens me or mine with bodily harm, then he better be quicker and better than me.
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:43 AM   #30
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I would never take a life unless mine or my loved onesí were in danger, but thatís because I donít want to end up in jail over something that isnít worth my life. Simple to me. I donít give a **** about a thiefís life, but Iím not the arbiter of his punishment unless he threatens me or mine with bodily harm, then he better be quicker and better than me.

Iím gonna agree with this. Thieves donít care about me or my stuff or my hard work to support my family by working for a living. I donít feel bad when I see that one gets killed in the act of stealing someoneís stuff. I feel bad for the person that shot them knowing what they will have to go through now. I donít care about a **** thief getting shot. I just would not because of the jail time and other BS involved with it. The guilt associated with it is way down on the list. Maybe that makes me a horrible person, I dunno.


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Old 04-01-2021, 07:51 AM   #31
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As soon as someone decides to be a thief, their life no longer has any value to me. I've worked hard for what I have, and will not accept someone taking it from me. I wouldn't shoot someone over a muffler, but not because I'd feel any guilt over taking out the trash. The legal repercussions in our "but he was a good boy" litigious society just ain't worth it. I think most on here think the same and are just disgusted at having to deal with all the human excrement we have walking around.
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:15 AM   #32
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How are they getting them off? Seems they'd make so much noise, they'd end up busted.
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:20 AM   #33
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How are they getting them off? Seems they'd make so much noise, they'd end up busted.
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:21 AM   #34
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Googled it and this is what I found. Precious metals inside. Meth heads probably stealing them. Worth about 250 dollars per converter.
One of the guys on the lease has a tow company. A few years ago he was telling me about the tow business. I thought he said the converters were worth $1000, and the vehicle was worth $2,500-$3,500 for scrap metal.
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:35 AM   #35
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:49 AM   #36
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lifted trucks make it too easy for them to steal
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Old 04-07-2021, 12:11 PM   #37
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Just came up with an idea! An alarm for your exhaust! The exhaust is grounded thru the motor and frame, but the end of the exhaust is just suspended from a rubber hanger. If you wire a siren to the end of the exhaust so that a relay will open once ground is lost, once they make one cut on the exhaust, the end from the cats back will lose ground and trigger a siren mounted under the truck. They will still get one cut on you but the chance that they hang around to finish the job is slim to none. Way easier to get a cut welded up than the entire exhaust replaced.


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Old 04-07-2021, 12:13 PM   #38
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Just came up with an idea! An alarm for your exhaust! The exhaust is grounded thru the motor and frame, but the end of the exhaust is just suspended from a rubber hanger. If you wire a siren to the end of the exhaust so that a relay will open once ground is lost, once they make one cut on the exhaust, the end from the cats back will lose ground and trigger a siren mounted under the truck. They will still get one cut on you but the chance that they hang around to finish the job is slim to none. Way easier to get a cut welded up than the entire exhaust replaced.


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Old 04-07-2021, 12:14 PM   #39
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They should value their life as much as we value our property we've worked hard for
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:43 PM   #40
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These guys get $200-$400 per CAT. Some of these thieves have made over $100K selling the CATs. The bad thing in Harris County they are given low bonds because it’s a property crime. Some of them had started carrying pistols and confronting the truck owners.
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:46 PM   #41
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Just came up with an idea! An alarm for your exhaust! The exhaust is grounded thru the motor and frame, but the end of the exhaust is just suspended from a rubber hanger. If you wire a siren to the end of the exhaust so that a relay will open once ground is lost, once they make one cut on the exhaust, the end from the cats back will lose ground and trigger a siren mounted under the truck. They will still get one cut on you but the chance that they hang around to finish the job is slim to none. Way easier to get a cut welded up than the entire exhaust replaced.


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If the cut the exhaust end first, the alarm would sound until the fully cut the cat out. By then, I think it would be too late.
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:50 PM   #42
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the only way to stop this is with yet another law. this time a better one than normal. show proof of ownership of the vehicle, before you can sell.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:14 PM   #43
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I thought we got the copper thefts under control by requiring that the seller present a photo id that is recorded. The folks buying them are just as much of the problem as the thiefs.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:21 PM   #44
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As soon as someone decides to be a thief, their life no longer has any value to me. I've worked hard for what I have, and will not accept someone taking it from me. I wouldn't shoot someone over a muffler, but not because I'd feel any guilt over taking out the trash. The legal repercussions in our "but he was a good boy" litigious society just ain't worth it. I think most on here think the same and are just disgusted at having to deal with all the human excrement we have walking around.
Pretty much. This isnít a case of a single mom stealing food from the grocery store to feed her kids.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:01 PM   #45
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If the cut the exhaust end first, the alarm would sound until the fully cut the cat out. By then, I think it would be too late.


Any cut in the exhaust period will break ground if done correctly. The only place exhaust is grounded is header. If you connect the wire Iím referring to directly behind the exhaust tip, any cut anywhere will trigger alarm. It will also rigger alarm if you cut the wire. There is a way around it but takes time and preparation. All of which these crackheads ainít doing.


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Old 04-08-2021, 08:36 AM   #46
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They hit my Tundra this weekend. Vintage Park off of 249 around 2-3 pm in a very busy parking lot. Must not be any consequences for these thieves since they are doing this in the middle of the day. May have to look into one of the under carriage plates.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:56 AM   #47
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A friend of mine I do business with got his stolen off his Toyota in his office parking lot. He parked just a few spots away from the front door and they hit him in broad daylight. In and out in less than 2 mins.
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:22 AM   #48
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The people buying the converters aren’t any better than the low lifes stealing them.
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:26 AM   #49
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Painting mine today................
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:36 PM   #50
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Wish the state would still let them be removed for farm exemption vehicles, as crude gets hung up when driving around the pasture and needs to be cleaned out before they catch fire
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