By Kristen Farrah Naeem
Cases of catalytic converter theft began skyrocketing across the nation during the pandemic, and Long Beach is no exception.
Stolen catalytic converters are a hot commodity due to the precious metals they contain; people saw them off vehicles in order to sell them to recycling centers and muffler shops for cash.
From 2018 to 2019, 381 catalytic converters were stolen in Long Beach, according to data from the Long Beach Police Department. Then, as the pandemic arrived, there was a sudden explosion in these thefts.