Catalytic Converter Thefts Rise in Santa Barbara County

Thievery Matches Increased Price of Precious Metal Rhodium.

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The precious metal rhodium has hit a seven-year high in prices, which could account for the spike in catalytic converter thefts reported by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. More than a dozen have been stolen in the past several weeks, reported Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover, mostly from Toyotas and Hondas. Rhodium is recovered as a byproduct of platinum mining, which has fallen off in recent years due to lower prices leading to a relative scarcity of rhodium. Catalytic converters also use palladium to achieve their emissions reductions.


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