House of Representatives pass bill to stop catalytic converter theft

This is an image of a catalytic converter. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that’s designed to help restrain the theft of catalytic converters.

The bill, backed by Rep. Joseph Solomon Jr., would require a buyer to obtain a vehicle identification or registration number before they can purchase a catalytic converter.

For example, if a junkyard owner wanted to buy a catalytic converter from someone, the owner would have to make sure he received the information of the previous car it was removed from before purchasing it.

Solomon hopes this bill will crack down on the recent trend of stolen catalytic converters.

“The perpetrators of this crime get pennies on the dollar for these converters while the cost of replacing them can be well over $1,000, especially if the car is damaged while criminals attempt to remove the converters quickly,” he said. “Taking these converters really hurts the most vulnerable in our society — people going to work every day, single mothers living paycheck to paycheck who now have an additional huge expense they can’t afford.”

The bill will now head to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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