Serious country, by the way. Just so you understand: America is a very serious country.
They were gone in 240 seconds.
Surveillance video from a Queens homeowner captured a team of catalytic-converter thieves in action, showing just how easy it is to carry out the now skyrocketing crime.
Michelle and Brian Kilcommons were asleep inside their Whitestone home around 2 a.m. Tuesday when strangers rolled up to their son Cayman’s 2003 Honda Accord parked on the street in front of their home.
Part of a car’s exhaust system, a catalytic converter breaks down some of the smog gases that would otherwise come out of the car’s tailpipe. The rhodium, palladium and platinum inside the converter can fetch anywhere from $300 to $1,400 at scrapyards.
Catalytic converter thefts have surged 272% citywide, the NYPD said, with 6,034 reported as of Aug. 28, compared to 1,619 in the same period last year.
Kilcommons’ video shows two of the crooks hopping out of a white, two-door sedan, hauling a jack from the trunk and placing it in front of the Honda.
The sedan drives off, and the two men jack up the Honda, pausing only once to hide as cars drove by.
I guess black people are getting more sophisticated?
A couple months ago, their best idea was to walk into malls and just put everything off the shelves into garbage bags and walk out.