Loss of key fob leads to catalytic converter theft arrests

Ridge Meadows

2022-02-08 10:16 PST

File # 2022-2204

Pitt Meadows, B.C. – Ridge Meadows RCMP have arrested two men in relation to catalytic converter thefts.

In early January a Langley resident had lost the key fob to their Subaru SUV. Days later the owner reported the car was stolen.

On February 6, 2022, police received notification from a neighbouring police detachment that they were tracking GPS updates on the stolen Subaru SUV. Ridge Meadows Police responded to the area and located the car on Harris Road with two men inside. Confirming that the car was indeed the stolen Subaru both men were arrested for possession of stolen property.

The subsequent investigation revealed two catalytic converters with fresh cut marks, a saws-all portable saw and an angle grinder inside the stolen car.

Corporal Julie Klaussner states, A catalytic converter theft creates a significant inconvenience for the citizen who now has to deal with insurance companies and getting the car repaired. Unfortunately, this missing key fob fell into the wrong hands and the alleged suspects were determined to connect which vehicle the key fob was related to so they could then use the car for further criminal activity. If your key fob is missing and you’ve done what you can to locate it but are unsuccessful then we highly recommend contacting your car dealer to change the codes.

The Subaru owner did get their car back. The two alleged suspects have not yet appeared in a BC Provincial Court process therefore no names or charges are being released at this time.

Released by
Cpl. Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows Detachment
11990 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X 9B8
Office: 604-467-7647

Email: julie.klaussner@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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