“Based on conversations with industry professionals, including shops and appraisers, the market for these stolen parts is booming with the demand for parts so high, being mainstream supply chains have not been what they were prior to COVID,” Steve Kern, casualty claims manager for Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance says. (Credit: The Kraft Heinz Co.) “Based on conversations with industry professionals, including shops and appraisers, the market for these stolen parts is booming with the demand for parts so high, being mainstream supply chains have not been what they were prior to COVID,” Steve Kern, casualty claims manager for Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance says. (Credit: The Kraft Heinz Co.)

Not even the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, that beloved piece of Americana, is safe from catalytic converter thieves as one of the iconic vehicles (there are six Wienermobiles) was targeted in early February 2023, according to a Las Vegas news outlet.

While catalytic converter theft is more prevalent among personal automobiles, thieves are eyeing commercial vehicles more often. In Warren County, Pennsylvania, 18 catalytic converts were stolen from Amazon trucks, while similar crimes targeted the online retail giant’s vehicles in Texas and Indiana in recent years. In Connecticut, 36 school buses had their catalytic converters stolen from two lots.

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