LOS ANGELES -- U.S. law enforcement agencies are taking action after seeing a rise in thefts of catalytic converters since the beginning of the pandemic. 

"We've seen where they quickly, like NASCAR, get the jacks, jack them up, cut them off, keep an eye out for security. The cops ... get these items $300 a piece generally, and making 10 or 20 a night," said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Michael Ventura. 

The huge rise in catalytic converters thefts across the nation has hit tens of thousands of car and truck owners in the pocketbook and frustrated police, who are faced with a crime that takes just minutes to commit and is difficult to solve even if they find the stolen parts. 

Recently in Arizona, the Phoenix Police Department confiscated more than 1,200 converters from a single storage unit. 

Read the entire news article.  ABC 11 Eyewitness News, June 9, 2022