Wienermobile in a pickle after falling victim to catalytic converter thieves

Wienermobile in a pickle after falling victim to catalytic converter thieves

One of America’s most easily recognizable vehicles is back on the road after falling prey to a crime that has become more common in recent years: catalytic converter theft. While parked before a Super Bowl weekend appearance in Las Vegas, the Wienermobile, a 27-foot-tall bright yellow-and-red hotdog on wheels, was disabled after someone took the vehicle’s hardware.

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The Wienermobile is actually a fleet of six vehicles used as promotional equipment for famous Wisconsin-based hotdog brand Oscar Mayer. Winnermobiles are driven around the country by “hotdoggers” who claim jobs for one-year assignments. The morning after the converter was taken, the Wienermobile was taken to a nearby auto repair shop where mechanics installed a temporary converter allowing the Wienermobile’s crew to drive it.

“A hotdog truck, no way,” said Joseph Rodriguez, parts administrator at the auto shop where the Wienermobile was serviced. Eight News Now, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. “Imagine like a giant hotdog in the middle of your bay.”

This is not the first time the Winnermobile has made national headlines As of late January 2020, the temple revolves around processed meat is pulled over A sheriff’s deputy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for violating a traffic law.

Catalytic converters are car exhaust devices that convert toxic gases into safe emissions. They use precious metals like palladium and platinum in their cores and can be worth more than $1,000 on the black market, according to the US Department of Justice.

Last year, federal law enforcement announced 21 arrests across the country in connection with one Catalytic converter theft rings which generated more than $54m from the sale of metal recovered from the device.

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