TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in our area and local auto shop owners are feeling the effects.

Midas Service Center Owner Brian Niece said that they’re having to replace about three catalytic converters per week. Each job can take anywhere between two and six hours to complete.

“It’s not the workload that I want,” Niece said. “I’d rather do work for regular people that’s not from theft.”

Indiana lawmakers recently added legislation that enforces stricter penalties for catalytic converter theft. However, Niece said that he hasn’t seen much of slow down in theft over the past two years.

“It’s still steady, it doesn’t seem to have dropped anything,” Niece said. “It’s fairly expensive and that’s why they do it.”

Niece that catalytic converters replacements are expensive for victims of theft. The converter itself can be up to $4,000. This doesn’t even include other damages that could’ve been caused during the theft.