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Catalytic Converter Thefts Put Ohio In Top Five In U.S.

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Ohio ranks fourth highest for thefts of catalytic converters over the past 8 years.

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau finds Ohio had more than 1400 catalytic converters stolen.

The devices are used to clean a car’s exhaust gases. The metal inside can be sold at a recycling center for up to $240.

The NICB says insured thefts in the country are up 23 percent since 2008. Illinois was the only Midwestern state with more thefts than Ohio. California topped the list.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.