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Catalytic converter thefts surging despite new law

Data shows reported catalytic converter thefts are matching 2021 levels. Mechanics said they're receiving multiple cars with stolen parts every day.

Evan Watson

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Published: 5:59 PM PDT May 24, 2022
Updated: 6:19 PM PDT May 24, 2022

Donna Gramont enjoys walking to work, but it used to be an option rather than a necessity.

Now, she commutes to her East Portland job on foot because thieves stole her catalytic converter when her car was parked outside her office.

It's the third time her catalytic converter has been cut off and taken since September.

"I can't imagine that everything isn't escalating," Gramont said. "The third time it happened I drove away. Heard that sound, stopped, got out of my car, and I screamed."