EVANGELINE PARISH, La. (KLFY) — Louisiana has enacted a law that lawmakers hope will crack down on catalytic converter theft.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 70 into law which states that catalytic converters now fall under precious metals.
The law adds many provisions to Louisiana law aimed at helping law enforcement track these stolen catalytic converters sold on the black market by requiring buyers to keep records of all catalytic converter transactions.
It states that buyers must take a picture of a valid photo ID and get the correct address and telephone number from the seller.
Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory tells News Ten this is slowing down the number of investigations to catalytic converter thefts.
“We went to all salvage yards. We made a copy of the law and brought them a ledger,” Guillory said.
He says that is not a one-time visit and that detectives will make periodic visits to the salvage yards, making sure things are up to date.