Thieves target catalytic converters in cars around Philadelphia

Philadelphia police have warned of thieves targeting catalytic converters in cars around the city after several residents have reported thefts of the crucial car part.

The repair for victims could cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000.

Police say the crooks often sell the part to scrap yards for hundreds of dollars. Honda catalytic converters are especially sought after due to the platinum in the specific model.

One area resident who had their converter stolen said her neighbor called police when she heard a power tool during the early morning hours. However, authorities were not able to apprehend the thieves before they stole the vehicle's catalytic converter.

"I go out and earn my money by working," said Jasmen Howard. "For whoever you are to just come out and take it upon yourself to take from people like that is not fair."

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to protect your catalytic converter from the thieves. Police say they are working to thwart future thefts.