St. Paul, MN – To address the sharp rise in catalytic converter thefts, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) is introducing legislation that would prevent scrap metal dealers from buying catalytic converters from anyone other than a bona fide automobile repair shop.
Catalytic converters are stolen because of their high resale value to scrap metal dealers for the precious metals inside. They are relatively easy to steal, and lack identifying marks. “While a thief may be able to sell a stolen catalytic converter for about $100, for the auto owner replacement is extremely costly, with typical repairs averaging about $2,000,” said Senator Marty.
“Because of the ease with which thieves have been able to sell multiple stolen converters and the speed with which they can saw off multiple converters, they are making quick money while causing huge problems for car owners. Senate File 3898 will make it much more difficult for thieves to sell them and should decrease catalytic converter theft in Minnesota,” according to Marty.
In St. Paul alone, there were 70 thefts reported in December 2019, five thefts reported in Shakopee, and 11 thefts reported in St. Louis Park in November of 2019. In a one-month comparison between May 2018 and May 2019, there was a 400% increase in thefts in St. Paul, jumping from 8 thefts to 40 for the same month a year later.