Catalytic converter thefts: Car owners, cops, insurance adjusters try keeping up

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Edward Luna points to the spot where a catalytic converter was cut from a customer’s 2011 Toyota Prius. The Van Nuys shop he runs with his father has seen a constant flow of customers with stolen catalytic converters. Photo by Megan Jamerson/KCRW.

Catalytic converter thefts more than tripled in LA County last year, and some victims are replacing the $3,000 car part just to have it stolen again. 

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