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Reports of catalytic converter thefts up 1,500% in Sacramento County

California is not immune to the uptick in catalytic converter thefts sweeping the nation. In Sacramento County alone, the number of reported catalytic converter thefts has increased to over 1,500% over the last three-and-a-half years. KCRA 3 Investigates took an in-depth look into reports of catalytic converter thefts in the county and found the number jumped from 74 reported thefts in 2018 to 1,214 as of October 2021 — a 1,540% increase. The scene of thieves pulling up, sliding underneath cars, and cutting off catalytic converters, has become all-to-familiar, including at used car dealerships in the Fulton Avenue corridor of Sacramento County.

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