What’s driving Portland’s rampant catalytic converter theft problem

Maybe you’ve seen messages about it on NextDoor, or on Facebook, or heard from a friend. Maybe it’s happened to you. People are stealing Catalytic converters at unprecedented rates from vehicles across Portland. And for many residents, the property crime goes beyond mere inconvenience.
On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we talk to breaking news reporter Savannah Eadens. Savannah went deep looking into the incredible rise of this very specific crime in Portland.
We talked about catalytic converters, what they do why people are stealing them and what lawmakers are trying to do about it.
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