Houston man founds Texas Metallic Benders to struggle catalytic converter theft

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A Houston man takes extreme measures to protect his vehicle’s catalytic converter and hopes he can help others become victims of theft.

Aldo Caballero told ABC13 thieves that they stole his catalyst from his Toyota Tacoma twice this year. He spent thousands of dollars to replace it.

“I started looking for alternatives because I thought, ‘I’m not going to score a third time,'” said Caballero.

Shots fired while armed catalyst thieves were caught red-handed in SW Houston

Catalytic converter thefts in the city of Houston have risen sharply, according to a recent report.

Police told ABC13 in April that catalyst thefts had increased by 400%.

Current data continue to show a steady increase in reports. In 2018 there were only 85 reports of catalyst theft. From the beginning of this year to June it was 2,207.

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With these statistics in mind, Caballero and his friend Texas founded Metal Benders.

The two weld a metal cage around a vehicle’s catalytic converter to deter thieves.

A new state law goes into effect September 1st making selling or buying a stolen converter a crime in state prison.

Innocent mother and child are caught in the crossfire of the catalyst conflict

Thieves flee the La Porte dealership with 20 catalytic converters

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