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Arizona saw one of the nation’s sharpest increases in 2021 in thefts of catalytic converter, the part of a car’s exhaust system that contains valuable precious metals and can be relatively easy for thieves to saw off. Here, a mechanic checks underneath a car in a file photo from 2018.

Theft of catalytic converters – the part of a car’s exhaust system that changes toxic gases to less-harmful emissions – is surging across the country and in Arizona, with cases making a a 956.4% increase from last year, second in the nation only to Colorado. Read more»