Catalytic Converter Theft – Washington

Washington once again ranks in the top 3 of all states when it comes to catalytic converter theft. According to, Washington averaged 148 catalytic converter thefts per 100,000 registered vehicles. However, if you own one of these popular car brands to be targeted, such as a Honda, Toyota, or Lexus, you have a much higher risk of catalytic converter theft.

Recent news stories about catalytic converter theft in Washington

Catalytic converter theft can happen anywhere, however, here are just a few examples of catalytic converter theft in Washington’s major cities:


Armed thieves steal Bellevue family’s catalytic converter – Kiro7 News


Everett Police Arrest 2 Suspects for Catalytic Converter Thefts in 8 Days – Everett Post
Everett Police arrest catalytic converter theft suspect a block away from crime scene – Fox13 Seattle


Nearly 800 stolen catalytic converters recovered by Kent police – King 5 News
Catalytic converter thefts nearly triple in Kent County this year – WoodTV8 News



Crime stats indicate recent increase in catalytic converter thefts in Renton – Renton Reporter


Seattle resident shot at after confronting attempted catalytic converter thieves in SoDo neighborhood – King5 News
Six stolen every day in Seattle: Everything you wanted to know about the astronomical spike in catalytic converter thefts – Kiro7 News
Catalytic converter thefts hit Seattle-area music venue – Seattle PI


Couple hopes new legislation will help end catalytic converter theft – KXLY
‘It’s a problem nationwide’: New proposed Washington house bill aims to stop catalytic converter thefts – KXLY

Spokane Valley

CVSD: Thieves steal catalytic converters from school vans – KHQ News


Man Fatally Shot Over Catalytic Converter Theft Identified – US News
Catalytic Converter Thefts On The Rise – Tacoma Weekly


Police report large increase in car thefts in Vancouver – KGW8 News

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the charge for stealing a catalytic converter in Washington?

What is the state of Washington doing to prevent catalytic converter theft?

House Bill 1815 was recently passed and went into effect on March 30, 2022. It requires scrap yards, metal recyclers, and junkyards to require vehicle ownership as part of the sale transaction between the buyer and seller.