Thief targets San Rafael catering company’s only delivery van, stealing its catalytic converter

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) — For the past 26 years, Terry Eberle has run his restaurant business, Cater Marin, from this small storefront in San Rafael.

Since 1996, she and her business have survived many ups and downs.

Earlier this week, they received another blow.

“My chef walked into the kitchen on Thursday morning and didn’t see the van in the parking lot where we always park it,” Eberle said.

Sometime between the store closing Wednesday and opening Thursday, someone stole Eberle’s only delivery van.

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A vehicle that one of its employees found several hours later a few blocks away on a hill where it is still stuck.

“We realized they took the catalytic converter,” Eberle said.

Catalytic converter thefts have skyrocketed in recent years in the Bay Area and across the country.

A trend that can cost victimized car owners thousands of dollars to get their vehicle repaired.

Money says Eberle, she just doesn’t have any.

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“Do I want to put $5,000 on a 26-year-old van and fix it? Maybe so, I don’t know,” she said.

And with her business finally starting to get back on its feet after nearly two years of pandemic-related restrictions, Eberle says she’s not sure what she’ll do next.

“This vehicle is valuable. It may not have book value, but it is truly valuable to us for transporting our gear to and from events,” Eberle said.

Eberle says she filed a police report with the San Rafael police.

And says that despite the challenges ahead, she will somehow survive.

“I understand that we all go through tough times and have to do what we can to survive and we do. But damn it, doing things to small businesses that are just coming back is really a low blow. C it really, really is,” Eberle said.

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