According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Texas has become a "hot spot" for catalytic converter thefts, so you might want to watch out.
- All right, we begin with three men accused of stealing car parts, busted after a chase and crash on the northeast side. Six catalytic converters is what they took overnight, stealing them off of cars along Umble Westfield Road about 3:00 this morning. Someone at the apartment complex called police, and then the thieves drove off as police showed up.
It was a six to eight-minute chase that ended at Wilson and the North Beltway. That's part of it caught on our TranStar cameras. Well, the three men then ran off after they crashed. One hid in the bushes until a police dog found him and bit him. Police say they're seeing a big rise in the theft of catalytic converters.
ED GONZALEZ: You see the calls drop all the time for that sort of crime. Citizens are calling in at apartment complexes saying that there's people coming there to take them off their vehicles. So it's something that we're always happy to deal with out here.
- Yeah, they sell for a couple of hundred dollars apiece, maybe up to $200. They cost up to $2,000 if you want to replace them. They're the things that control your exhaust emissions. And they don't have any serial numbers or markings on them, so they are easy to fence for thieves.