Theft alert: six reports of stolen catalytic converters in four days

Kamloops City

2022-09-22 16:18 PDT

File # 2022-33593

Theft alert: six reports of stolen catalytic converters in four days

A recent rash of catalytic converter thefts has the Kamloops RCMP Detachment warning the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Between Friday Sept. 16 and Monday Sept. 19, 2022, police received at least six reports of catalytic converters stolen in the south part of the city, namely Versatile Drive, Hugh Allan Drive, and Pineview-Dufferin areas. Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, targeted for their precious metals and black market value.

To access this part, thieves have to go underneath the vehicle and physically cut the convertor off, making vehicles that sit higher off the ground more attractive for this kind of theft, said Corporal Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson. We understand that these thefts can be hard to stop with crime prevention measures alone. We’re asking the public to be extra sensitive to suspicious sounds or activities that occur near parked vehicles and to contact us right away with information that could help lead police to a suspect.

Below are some tips to help catch thieves and avoid being a victim:

To report suspicious activity or provide any information or video footage which may be related to this investigation, please contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000.
 

Released by

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Office
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3193
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: crystal.evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: kamloops.rcmp.ca

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