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Connecticut Clamps Down on Catalytic Converter Sales

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Connecticut Clamps Down on Catalytic Converter Sales
Sam Howard, assistant manager at Master Muffler in Murray replaces a worn out catalytic converter on a vehicle on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Catalytic converter thefts are spiking in Utah, and some legislation is being considered to help track stolen converters.
Assistant Manager Sam Howard replaces a worn-out catalytic converter at Master Muffler in Murray, Utah, in January. Catalytic converter thefts are spiking across the country.
Francisco Kjolseth The Salt Lake Tribune via The Associated Press

Connecticut Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has signed into law a measure that cracks down on the sale of stolen catalytic converters.

The law, which takes effect July 1, will enact several requirements for scrap metal processors, junk yard owners and others who receive and sell catalytic converters. It focuses on deterring criminals from selling stolen devices.

The new law makes it illegal for motor vehicle recyclers to receive a catalytic converter unless it is physically attached to a vehicle. It also creates new requirements to help police more easily track down who is selling stolen parts.

“Cracking down on the theft and vandalism of motor vehicles requires a multifaceted approach, and one of those tactics includes making it more difficult for criminals to profit from the sale of stolen parts,” Lamont said in a news release.

Catalytic converters are devices mounted near a vehicle’s tailpipe that change environmentally hazardous engine exhaust into less harmful gases. They contain precious metals and have been the targets of a rash of thefts in recent years.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of catalytic converter thefts has skyrocketed, driven by high unemployment, more cars sitting in driveways and a spike in the value of the metals used to make the devices: platinum, palladium and rhodium.

Ari Thielman, manager at GT Tire & Service Center in Meridien, Conn., holds a catalytic converter from a Ford F-150 that the business replaced for a customer. Catalytic converter theft has skyrocketed in the past few years, and legislatures are trying to address the problem
Ari Thielman, manager at GT Tire & Service Center in Meridien, Conn., holds a catalytic converter from a Ford F-150 that the business replaced for a customer. Catalytic converter theft has skyrocketed in the past few years, and legislatures are trying to address the problem
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The pollution control devices contain precious metals worth thousands of dollars per ounce.

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