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Catalytic-converter thieves attacking older Priuses in Cambridge again

Cambridge Police report the Prius-heavy city is now in in its second wave of thefts of expensive catalytic converters from 2004-2009 Toyota Priuses.

After a series of thefts were reported by residents primarily in the Cambridgeport neighborhood between January 16-17, another surge of thefts has occurred in the Wellington-Harrington and East Cambridge neighborhoods over the last two weeks.

The thieves are targeting those Gen 2 Prii because their catalytic converters are both valuable for scrap and because they're particularly easy to disconnect. Among CPD tips:

  • Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, or have the catalytic converter welded to the vehicle’s frame. You can also engrave your vehicle’s VIN number on the catalytic converter.
  • Adjust the security system on your vehicle, if already installed, to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.



Always a way to make money for whatever your reason.

"Exotic" ones have seen a pretty hefty price jump in the last few weeks.
Others have more stable prices and don't bring as much.

Palladium is $2000 an ounce and palladium is inside the converters....why does Pete know so much? Watch out for Pete. LOL

What if these aren't thieves, but rather radical anti-environmentalists?

Just an outlandish thought that came into my head that I couldn't bear keeping to myself this morning.

1. doesn't involve prominent display of a large gun with dubious add-ons
2. involves actual work, not just running mouth, waving giant flag or carrying a large gun in tactical cosplay mode
3. doesn't involve modifying a diesel vehicle engine or exhaust to spew black carbon