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Thieves target vehicles' catalytic converters

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Thieves are targeting catalytic converters in vehicles across the metro Atlanta area.

Becky Szurovy said that her catalytic converter was cut off one day while she was at work.

"I drove into work in the morning and my car was running beautifully and when I left at 4 o'clock, I turned on the car and it sounded like a Harley Davidson and I thought the car was going to blow up," said Szurovy.

The catalytic converter is in a metal tube that looks like a large thermos under the car. With the right tool, thieves can unbolt the converter or may just take a saw and cut it out.

Greg Gibbons of Ed Voyles Honda said that thieves are likely targeting the converters for their metal.

"That is the value to them… I guess in some cases they can resell them to be put on other cars. But I think most of them, the thieves come looking for the value of the platinum," said Gibbons.

Gibbons said that drivers will immediately hear a loud noise once the converters are removed.

Repairs can be quite pricey. The catalytic converter itself runs up to $1,800, not including the labor, which can run the total price of repairs up to $3,000.

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