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Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in metro Atlanta

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Precious metals like platinum, in catalytic converters, make them a prime target for thieves.  Curry Honda dealership off of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard said they are seeing three to four victims a day come in for repairs.

One of the victims is a woman who did not want her identity used. "Mary," as she called herself was out having dinner on Friday in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward when she parked her Honda CRV on a street. Thieves stole her catalytic converter in minutes, and cost Mary $1950.

"We have a $1,000 deductible, which I wasn't aware of until Saturday morning so that was frustrating," Mary said. "The total was $1950 and that was with a 10 percent discount. A grand - almost a mortgage payment."

Mary said she was shocked when the mechanic at Curry Honda said they had 30 victims come in for repairs over the past month.

A manager at Curry Honda confirmed they have had three to four victims come in for repairs a day and the thieves are targeting Honda CRV's and Element models.

Mary said she wants drivers who have SUV's or other vehicles with a higher profile to be extra cautious or lower their deductibles.

"If I had parked in attendant parking instead of just parking on the street, like I normally do, the chances are it wouldn't have happened," Mary said. "If you have higher clearance vehicle, park in attendant parking or secure parking. You know, because it is a lot riskier for them to steal from you that way. And find out what your deductible is. For a few dollars more each month I could have lowered my deductible to $250."

Crooks can sell the platinum in the catalytic converters for $100 to $200. 

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