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Old 04-30-2007, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Catalytic Converter Stolen in Davis

You guys probably know this already, but thieves (meth heads) are targeting Toyota trucks in the Sacramento region due to the high platinum. On Sunday I went to startup my truck and it sounded really loud, I thought my engine had blown up or something similar. I “thought” I would be safe since I live in Davis on quiet residential street close to campus. Just a heads up for everyone out there, nowhere is safe!

The good news is that when I filed a police report the cop said that they caught some guys last night in West Sac in a stolen car with a trunk full of cats. Hopefully one of them is mine.

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PS…anyone know of a good muffler shop in Davis?
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Common in the east bay also - we cought a couple of idiots doing it a couple of months ago. We had video from a surveillance camera in a busy Home Depot parking lot at 6 in the evening. Looked like a couple of guys working on their truck and they were done in about a minute.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the shop i work at used to be in davis.... we are in sac in the arden area now... give me your rig specs..(year, motor, etc.) and ill give you a good deal...
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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we have gotten maybe vehicles in the past 6 months with their cats stolen all toyota's as well... I think there should be a strict law about buying cats and selling used cats.
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this is fucking sad. so now i have to keep an eye on my catalytic converter?
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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we have gotten maybe vehicles in the past 6 months with their cats stolen all toyota's as well... I think there should be a strict law about buying cats and selling used cats.
There's a law in a California books for stricter scrap yard laws. The earliest it would go into effect is Jan 1 2008.

Assembly Bill 844 would require recycling centers to:
• Keep a physical description or photo of the seller.
• Record weight and size of material.
• Not pay metal and alloy sellers until 10 days have passed.
• Keep metal for 15 days, unless they have video or photos of both the metal and the seller and keep them for two years.
• Maintain written records of scrap metal purchases from other dealers.
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sorry to hear about the theft. try davis muffler and hitch on second st
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we have gotten maybe vehicles in the past 6 months with their cats stolen all toyota's as well... I think there should be a strict law about buying cats and selling used cats.
uh there is, you cant.












i wonder if its meth heads selling them for scrap or assholes who dont wan tto pay up for new ones to make there cars pass??? it only seems to be toyotas and there are a hell of a lot of other cars out there that have them, the new c/f/d have 4, you would think that they would by hit alot more.
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i wonder if its meth heads selling them for scrap or assholes who dont wan tto pay up for new ones to make there cars pass??? it only seems to be toyotas and there are a hell of a lot of other cars out there that have them, the new c/f/d have 4, you would think that they would by hit alot more.
You can sell them used in bulk if you have some sort of license. The meth heads recycle them for the $ shit inside... just like they sometimes do for copper. no one is "RE USING" them...
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they also like to steal the newer O2 sensors as well (f'n tweakers)
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We had to chase off some guy trying to steal a co-workers Cat from under his '86 SR5. The truck was parked off of Elvas Avenue, near 65th street. In broad daylight. Our shop has a fence that borders the street, and a co-worker saw a blue van pull up... 2 guys jumped out, each with cordless sawzalls and started away at our buddies Yota.

We scared the guys off before they could get the cat, but in less than a minute they had almost completely cut the cat from the truck.

I dont think they were having smog issues, i think they wanted to sell it as scrap. Catalytic converters do get a good return when recycled, and Toyota's are a good target since they sit pretty high off the ground. His SR5 is bone stock, and there was plenty of room under it for 2 guys to get under there and operate their sawzalls without any difficulty.

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IRC used OEM cats are worth over $50, if not more depending on size. They could be worth more now that metal pricing is up. Aftermarket cats are worth maybe 1/2 that of the OE ones.
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