A man was crushed to death by a vehicle while allegedly trying to steal its catalytic converter, Anaheim Police said Wednesday.

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Employees of a industrial complex at 1631 Placentia Avenue called police at around 6 a.m. after the finding a man crushed under a Toyota Prius.

Sean Harp, who works in the complex at a construction company, told a reporter on scene that another employee alerted him to the man.

When Harp went over to see, he saw the man’s torso under the car and his legs sticking out.

Catalytic converters, which are attached to the exhaust system of a vehicle, can cost thousands of dollars to replace. They contain precious metals and can be “scrapped” for quick profit. 

Police investigate a scene where one person is dead after being crushed to death in an apparent catalytic converter theft early Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Photo by OnScene TV)

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently arrested nearly 20 people in connection with catalytic converter thefts and recovered 250 catalytic converters — a total value estimated at $750,000.

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