Come on, what’s next? We have steering wheel “clubs” and annoying car alarms that blare out for the wrong reasons; do we now have to install little alarms onto every single component on our cars to prevent theft? I hope it doesn’t come down to that.
A catalytic converter was stolen Jan. 5 from my daughter’s boyfriend’s 1990 Toyota 4Runner right in front of our house at the 5100 block on Palm Drive in La Cañada. OK, it was raining on that Saturday night and our street is dark, but it seemed it was done right under our very noses.
We discovered the part was missing the next morning when the vehicle was started and sounded like a Daytona race car. I asked if it normally sounded that loud, and my daughter’s boyfriend, Shant, screamed over the now very loud engine noise, “No way, something’s changed.” He killed the engine and dangled from his passenger seat beneath his vehicle like a rag doll looking for something under his bed. I bent down and cocked my head to have a look also, and we both saw that a pipe was obviously missing, and a gap was where a catalytic converter once was firmly bolted.