Some crackhead sawed the catalytic converter right out from underneath my vehicle. Imagine my surprise when I started my car on Thursday morning (parked on 8th Ave b/w 3rd St and 4th St) and it sounded like a dragster. I looked underneath to discover that someone had shimmied under and sawed off my exhaust pipe in 2 places and taken the catalytic converter!
I did a little digging to find that I haven't been the only victim of this crackhead crime...especially my make / model (Toyota 4Runner, which apparently has a converter that can bring a higher price at salvage yard). Seriously, though. WTF?! When all said and done, it cost me about $700 and a day at the mechanic.
Watch out for converter thieves walking around Park Slope in the middle of the night with handsaws and looking to get under your car to steal part of your exhaust system.