Neighborhoods in metro Atlanta are getting flyers from a local scrap business saying that they will pay top dollar for catalytic converters.
The flyers were passed out near Ormewood Park. One resident said he doesn't think it is a coincidence that the advertisement went out and thefts have gone up.
"If they are advertising we pay top dollar, they are encouraging people to go out and steal," Jamie Martin said. "It is very frustrating. I am not sure how widespread these flyers are."
Over the past month Curry Honda told CBS Atlanta that they were getting two to three customers a day coming in with stolen catalytic converters.
"When my husband went to get the car to pick me and the baby up to go home he started it and it sounded like an explosion in the parking deck," Faye Craven said.
Craven said her catalytic converter was stolen in the parking deck of Atlanta Medical Center.
"It is definitely suspicious. I would be curious to know where they are getting their catalytic converters," Craven said.
Martin gave the flyers to Atlanta police to investigate. Georgia has passed laws making it harder to sell stolen catalytic converters. Martin said he thinks the laws aren't getting enforced.
"We need to close the loophole on part numbers and how they are bought and having some system to make sure thieves aren't just dropping these things off willy-nilly and without any record," Martin said.
Catalytic converters can sell anywhere from $100 to $200.
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