To: Jacob Wheeler, Nexter Media Wire, George Stockburger
Has been updated:
(WHTM) – New legislation signed by Gov. Tom Wolfe adds catalytic converter theft to Pennsylvania vehicle laws.
The law states that “If a person unlawfully acquires, attempts to acquire, takes away, or unlawfully controls a catalytic converter for the purpose of depriving it of its rightful owner, that person shall guilty of theft,” he said.
Illegal acquisition of a catalytic converter worth less than $50 is a third degree misdemeanor. Catalytic converters valued at $50-$200 is a second degree misdemeanor, and theft valued at $200-$1,000 is a first degree misdemeanor.
If someone illegally obtains a catalytic converter worth more than $1,000, they face third degree felony.
Multiple violations can increase the penalties you face for stealing a catalytic converter.
Catalytic converter theft “significant increase” Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NICB has said:
A catalytic converter is an essential device in a vehicle’s exhaust system. Its purpose is to convert the toxic exhaust gases emitted by the engine into more environmentally friendly gases.
https://www.wkbn.com/news/pennsylvania/catalytic-converter-theft-now-a-potential-felony-in-pennsylvania/ Catalytic converter theft is now a possible felony in Pennsylvania