Surveillance video captured a group of thieves stealing a car’s catalytic converter in the Mid-Wilshire area early Wednesday.
The incident occurred around 2:40 a.m. and several men in three white vehicles were involved, the video shows.
First, one vehicle pulls up and a passenger gets out, but soon, at least five other men can be seen getting out of the vehicles and surrounding a Prius parked on the street.
Three of the thieves start working on the Prius using what appears to be a car jack to lift the vehicle. One man appears to get under the car for a few seconds before getting back up, and the men and the vehicles soon disperse.
The Prius owner who shared the video with KTLA called the theft “brazen.”
He realized something was wrong when he started his car later that day.
The owner doesn’t want to be identified, but wants people to know the cost: he’s out at least $1,000.
“I’m sure I wasn’t the only victim,” he said.
According to Carfax, 2001 to 2021 Prius are the top targets for catalytic converter thefts.
Los Angeles Police Detective Michael Ventura said that thieves often target the items because it’s not considered a violent crime.
“This is something that is very lucrative and that they can fix and sell very quickly,” Ventura said.