Road Runner: Catalytic Converter Theft Widespread in Pima County, Official Says | Local News
Pima County is not immune to the wave of catalytic converter thefts reported across the country, an official said.
One victim, Neal Bonser, was feeling the effects of the crime on Saturday, as he was still waiting for his vehicle to be repaired after the device was stolen from his vehicle two weeks ago.
The vehicle was the victim of the theft while parked at the Rillito River Park Disc Golf Course, near West Ruthrauff Road and North La Cholla Boulevard.
“You’re almost immediately out of sight of the parking lot when you’re playing there, and it was an unusually uncrowded day, so there weren’t a lot of other cars around,” Bonser said.
After a round on the course, Bonser returned to his Lexus hybrid SUV, which, when operational, produces little engine noise, he said.
“I started it to be ready to go. It looked like a Camaro with a missing muffler. First I thought, who’s this car? I didn’t realize it was mine. Horrifically loud engine noise, but it still managed to run, ”Bonser said.
Without knowing how far he could go with the car issues, Bonser managed to visit a Toyota dealership to diagnose and resolve the issue.
“As soon as the guy from Toyota heard it, he pretty much knew it. He looked below and said someone had just sawed your catalytic converter right under your car, ”Bonser said. “I had never heard of this kind of crime, and now I hear about it all, and apparently it’s becoming more and more common.