A gang of Torrance thieves driving a yellow Lamborghini Urus were caught on camera stealing a van’s catalytic converter late at night, video released by the city’s police department.
The four men exited the luxury vehicle at the 3800 block of 184th Street in Torrance around 4 a.m. on Nov. 9 after pulling up next to a white van, police said. The crew jacked up the van and took the valuable part of the vehicle with them while a man acted as a lookout, the video shows.
The one-minute episode was captured on a surveillance camera across the street.
Catalytic converters are part of a car’s exhaust system that filters pollutants emitted from the engine. The devices also contain precious metals such as platinum, making them a valuable asset on the black market. Stolen converters have a resale value of between $100 and $1,000, depending on the type of car they fit into. The MSRP for a new Lamborghini Urus: over $200,000.
Device theft has skyrocketed in California and in the United States since the pandemic.