Jay Leno went bananas on Democrat-controlled Los Angeles after this soft-on crime policy cost another innocent life

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Crime is skyrocketing in Democrat-controlled cities like New York and Los Angeles.

One crime in particular is becoming a popular way for thieves to line their pockets with minimal risk for punishment.

And Jay Leno went bananas on Democrat-controlled Los Angeles after this soft-on crime policy cost another innocent life.

Leno hammers LA’s stance on catalytic converter theft

Jay Leno is not only known as a late-night TV host, but also as an avid car collector.

And for that reason, he recently slammed Democrat-controlled Los Angeles’ woke, soft-on crime agenda in a recent interview with TMZ.

The discussion came to light after General Hospital star Johnny Wactor was shot and killed by a group of thieves who were stealing a catalytic converter from his car.

Wactor, 37, was leaving his side job at a rooftop bar with a coworker in downtown LA when he was confronted by three men who were trying to steal the catalytic converter from his vehicle.

The criminals fatally shot the soap opera star before fleeing in another vehicle — the three masked men remain at large at the time of publication.

Leno told TMZ that the tiny penalty for stealing catalytic converters is “outrageous,” and a “slap on the wrist” if and when the criminals get caught.

Currently, stealing such car parts results in a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $1,000, and that’s why Leno says thieves in the city are so brazen.

Criminals find catalytic converters to be a valuable choice since they contain precious metals like palladium, rhodium, and platinum.

According to experts at Carfax, a standard catalytic converter can pay thieves anywhere from $25 to $300 and up to $1,400 when they’re taken from hybrid vehicles.

Wactor’s car was a Toyota Prius, which is one of the most common targets for catalytic converter theft, according to NBC News.

The state of California considers stealing the converters a misdemeanor if the value of the part or the value of any stolen property is less than $950.

This light penalty likely explains why stealing car parts is so common throughout the state.

The problem continues to grow

It’s understandable why Jay Leno was so angry about the tragic incident involving Johnny Wactor.

He explained that car owners who take the catalytic converter out of their own vehicles can be slapped with a massive fine since driving without one is illegal.

According to AutoZone, removing the converter can slightly increase performance but it can also cause engine issues and isn’t advisable.

California has the highest number of catalytic converter thefts in the nation, with Texas coming in second, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

There were approximately 15,000 catalytic converter thefts in the state over the last year. 

Some of the most targeted vehicles for convert theft per Carfax include the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota Tacoma, Kia Soul, Chevrolet Traverse, and the Toyota Prius, which is what Wactor drove.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.