Saturday, August 20, 2022

Life in NYC

Catalytic converter thieves are revving up their operations in the Big Apple — the crime has accelerated 269% so far this year, NYPD data show.

Citywide, 5,548 catalytic converters have been ripped off through Aug. 14, compared to the same period last year, when 1,505 were reported stolen, according to the stats.

Queens leads the five boroughs with 2,092 converter thefts in 2022, compared to 574 in the same period last year — a hefty 264% hike.

A general view of the exhaust system after the catalytic converter was stolen from a 2008 Toyota Prius as seen at the Meineke Car Car Center in Hawthorne, NJ on October 2, 2021.
Staten Island auto repair mechanics claim suspects are coming from New Jersey to nab catalytic converters.
Christopher Sadowski

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