South Bay thieves taking catalytic converters

TORRANCE, Calif. Police in /*Torrance*/ and Redondo Beach said they've had a rash of catalytic converter thefts recently.

In Torrance, 10 catalytic converters have been stolen during the past week, and in /*Redondo Beach*/, there have been 25 thefts since July 26.

/*Catalytic converters*/ are a hot commodity because they contain valuable metals and other materials including: stainless steel, silica, alumina, platinum, palladium, rhodium, cerium, iron, manganese, nickel, and copper.

The parts can be sold for about $30 to scrap dealers.

In January 2011 a new state law will go into effect requiring recyclers to keep records of any catalytic converters they buy.

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