SUNNYVALE — A man was shot early Wednesday morning while confronting thieves attempting to steal his car’s catalytic converter, police said.
The shooting happened at about 3:30 a.m. outside a home on the 1500 block of Klamath Drive, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said in a news release. At least one of four thieves fired multiple shots at the man after he confronted them on his driveway, police said. He was wounded in his leg.
The man is in stable condition and was expected to be released from a hospital later Wednesday, authorities said.
Police did not release a description of the suspects but said they drove off in a dark-colored sedan.
Thefts of catalytic converters — attractive to thieves for the precious metals they possess — have skyrocketed in recent years in the Bay Area, sometimes leading to violence or turning deadly for thieves. Last October in Berkeley, a man was shot at, but not wounded, by thieves attempting to steal the catalytic converter off of his vehicle. In March, a man was crushed to death in Oakland when the carjack he was using to steal the device slipped out from under the vehicle.
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Anyone with information regarding the Sunnyvale incident is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Kakis with the Sunnyvale DPS at 408-730-7110.