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MURPHY55347

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So we live in Minnesota and I went to where we have our motorhome stored to check on the batteries. Decided to start the motorhome to warm things up a bit and as soon as I turned the key there was a big boom and what sounded like the Daytona 500. Sure enough they got our catalytic converter. This is getting to be a huge problem at least in this part of the country. Talked to the manager and one of their trucks was also hit. There is a commercial property next door and 12 of theirs were taken. Police don’t seem too interested. Security system was not working but I don’t know what they would captured anyway. Like I said it’s winter here so everyone is wearing heavy jackets and masks. Talked to my insurance company (Progressive) and they were very nice and are going to take care of everything minus my $125 deductible. Can’t we get some laws past to prevent this???? Or better yet why don’t these people just get a job.

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I hear people are engraving their DL on the converter and marking them some way to make it obvious that they are marked. Minnesota who would expect this sort of thing up there.

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MURPHY55347 wrote:

... Can’t we get some laws past to prevent this???? ....

Yes. I agree with you, there should be a law against stealing.[emoticon] [emoticon]

(Bummer for your loss.)

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[emoticon] Hi, every time that something happens in a storage lot, I hear that the security system didn't, or wasn't working. For that reason, I think they should at least pay your deductible.


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Same problem here in Canada. It is the metal scrap buyers that need to be monitored. When some deadbeat shows up with a dozen cats, he didn’t just find them laying around. They are obviously stolen.

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Just lost a handful of them at our equipment yard last week.


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30 minutes before becoming a theft victim: "Hey, man - It's only property!"

30 minutes after becoming a theft victim: "Why isn't someone doing something?"

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Ava wrote:

Same problem here in Canada. It is the metal scrap buyers that need to be monitored. When some deadbeat shows up with a dozen cats, he didn’t just find them laying around. They are obviously stolen.


There was an arrest near here a while back, the owner of a scrap yard was buying cat’s for cash, no questions asked. The police were very thorough auditing his records, he had way more cat’s than the number of cars he’d scrapped would explain. It never even got to court, it’s not illegal to buy just parts of scrap cars.

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If there is no market the thefts would stop. Go after the slime and the buyers and it will stop. They should be required to bring in the rest of the vehicle with the cat.

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Same thing happened to me just prior to Thanksgiving when I was getting ready to leave for Florida. Started with a bang and figured I had blown out the muffler but someone had stolen my converter. Cost of replacement would be about $3200. I have $500 deductible insurance but it would delay my departure so I bought a length of flex tubing and installed it in place of the converter. So far I have had no problems. I have two years to process the claim if I choose to do so.


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