Police: Man run over, killed trying to steal catalytic converter

by: Jonathan Taraya, Katelyn Stark, Michael BartiromoNexstar Multimedia Cable

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police say a man died after he was run over when he allegedly attempted to steal a catalytic converter early Monday morning.

Police say around 4:45 a.m., officers found a seriously injured man near Sacramento Methodist Hospital.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has since identified him as 28-year-old Jose Adolfo Rangel.

Police say Rangel allegedly tampered with the car that hit him, and they believe he was trying to steal the car’s catalytic converter before he was hit.

The driver of the car has spoken to police about what happened and the investigation is ongoing.

Catalytic converters, which help remove pollutants from your engine’s exhaust, have become increasingly attractive to thieves in recent years.

Thanks to the rising prices of the precious metals used in production – i.e. platinum, rhodium and palladium – an ill-gotten catalytic converter can “usually” fetch between $50 and $250 when it’s sold to an unscrupulous recycling facility, according to National Insurance. Crime Bureau (NICB).

The pandemic has only driven up demand and prices for these precious metals. Rhodium alone is currently valued at over $19,000 an ounce.

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