Catalytic converter stolen from famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Las Vegas
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is the latest victim of catalytic converter thieves, with the iconic vehicle being hit before Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.
Thieves visited the Wienermobile on Thursday night when the 27-foot-long hot dog-shaped vehicle was parked at a Sonesta Suites hotel in Las Vegas.
The Wienermobile, driven by “Corn Dog Clara” and co-pilot “'Chad'der Cheese,” was in Las Vegas for a four-day city tour that began on Thursday.
Corn Dog Clara told CBS8 News Now that the iconic vehicle was in town for photo opportunities, exclusive vehicle tours, and the chance to receive a wiener whistle, a collector's item that the brand has passed out since 1952.
The catalytic converter is a vital part of the emissions system and contains valuable precious metals such as platinum.
According to metals dealer Kitco.com, platinum's price is currently around $960 an ounce.
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Penske rental parts administrator Joseph Rodriguez told KRON4 that he was surprised to see the vehicle being serviced when he arrived.
Rodriguez said workers located a catalytic converter that fit, providing a temporary fix. Ordering the precise device for the disabled Wienermobile will take one to two months.
“It’s a huge problem,” Rodriguez said of the increasing catalytic converter thefts in the Las Vegas area. “It’s been going on for a couple of years now. Last summer especially, it [took] like two to three months to get one.”
More than 2,600 catalytic converter thefts were reported to the Las Vegas Metro police in 2022, the department said, up from 1,894 the previous year for a 72% increase, according to KRON4.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday morning that it had not received any reports of theft related to the Oscar Mayer-owned vehicle.
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Sonesta Suites officials told KLAS that it is currently investigating the situation.
Oscar Mayer’s “meat fleet” includes six Wienermobiles that regularly tour the country, according to the company.
Fans can check the Weinermobile’s location on the official Oscar Mayer website.
Follow reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.