Catalytic converter thefts at center of hearing; authorities aim to define what’s needed to stop crimes, related violence

Used catalytic converter that was removed from cars at a salvage yard are piled up in a carton Friday Dec. 17, 2021, in Richmond, Va. Thefts of the emission control devices have jumped over the last two years as prices for the precious metals they contain have skyrocketed. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Steve Helber, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – The local Senate Committee on Criminal Justice held a hearing Thursday in an attempt to tackle catalytic converter theft in Houston.

Sen. John Whitmire and members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, including other invited guests, held an interim hearing in Houston to determine what actions are needed to aid law enforcement and stop catalytic converter theft and its related violence.

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