Thieves are recycling car parts for cash by stripping parts from perfectly good cars.
It's a helpless feeling to be the victim of crime knowing there's nothing you can do to prevent it. Some people are learning that the hard way.
"I just see that something doesn't look right and something's hanging underneath my car, but I went ahead and started it anyway,” Kim Wyatt of Ashland said, “when I did, it just sounded horrible and I could smell gas fumes.”
Someone took a saw to Wyatt’s exhaust system, which was almost $800 worth of damage.
Steve Wilson, who runs the service shop at a local dealership, said, "When they scrap them and cut these open they get the material out in the inside, it's what they're after."
Wilson also said the converter helps cut down on a car's pollution and is loaded with high dollar metal being sold as scrap and he’s had five or six in this past month.
"I'm afraid it could be a trend,” Wilson said, “We actually had a couple vehicles on our lot, here for storage that someone stole converters off of those.”
Wyatt said to always look under your car.
The Ashland Police Department said they're actually working with other law enforcement agencies in Boyd County to figure out how widespread the problem is right now or if it's just an isolated problem.
Down river a few hours in Cincinnati, more than two dozen cars had their catalytic converters sawed off in the past few months.