Sen. Richardville helps protect car owners as Senate committee approves catalytic converter theft legislation
LANSING - The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation, sponsored by Sen. Randy Richardville, that would increase the penalty for the theft of catalytic converters on vehicles.
“In recent years, catalytic converter thefts have become a growing concern for car owners and law enforcement officers,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “Much like the increase in copper wire burglary, the converters have topped the list of hot items for thieves across the state because the metals within them are extremely valuable.”
Catalytic converters are attached to vehicle exhaust systems and are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to help filter engine emissions that can harm the environment. Car owners are required to replace them once they are aware the device has been removed, which can cost up to $1,000.
“Thieves often target SUVs because they have easy access to the converter,” Richardville said. “Many times, they are even so bold that they steal them in broad daylight. Michigan needs stronger penalties to help deter these thieves who plan to sell the devices to local scrap recyclers for some quick cash.”
Senate Bill 1193 has been sent to the full Senate for consideration.
Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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