Converter theft demands action

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Why is it that the state has done nothing to curb the theft of precious metals? (Recently) I was the victim of a catalytic converter theft. This is going to cost me $500 to replace. If the state would enact a new law prohibiting anyone but an auto recycler or muffler/repair shop from turning these in without proof of ownership, this would curb a great amount of these thefts. I am sure that the people who accept the stolen goods know exactly who the thieves are, but why would they report the thieves? That would be cutting off their constant supply of income. Local police don’t do anything, and rightly so. How do you investigate this? Eric Bassett, Rocklin