Early-morning “Cat” Burglar thwarted by North Vancouver RCMP

North Vancouver

2021-07-09 10:00 PDT

File # 2021-19023

An early morning patrol in North Vancouver put the brakes on a would-be catalytic converter theft.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, a North Vancouver RCMP officer was conducting a routine patrol when he noticed a would-be thief on his back underneath a parked and unoccupied minivan. He also noticed that the thief has left his car running beside him, with the driver’s side door open. As the officer approached him, the would-be thief attempted to get in his car and flee the scene, but was quickly apprehended without incident.

Further investigation revealed multiple angle grinders and cut catalytic converters in the suspect’s vehicle. The van that the officer originally observed also had a partially cut catalytic converter.

This is a great example of pro-active police work, said Staff Sergeant Doug Trousdell, A stolen catalytic converter causes a lot of expense and aggravation for the owner of the vehicle, but more importantly, when a thief cuts away a piece of a vehicle, there is a real risk of making the vehicle unsafe. The unsuspecting owner might start driving, not knowing their fuel line or brakes have been compromised.

What is a catalytic converter? And why would someone steal one?

As part of a car's exhaust system, a catalytic converter converts many of a vehicle's more harmful exhaust pollutants into less harmful emissions.

Someone might steal one for its resale value, but more likely a thief will sell it to a recycling facility for the small amount of valuable metal it contains. A new catalytic converter costs between $100 and $200, but having one professionally installed will add hundreds of dollars to the bill.

Here are a few tips you can follow to prevent theft of your catalytic converter:

• Park in your home garage, if possible
• Use motion sensing exterior house lights if you park in your driveway
• Park in a well-lit area
• Keep a watchful eye in your neighbourhood and report anything that seems suspicious.

Anyone who thinks they may have witnessed a catalytic converter theft, or who may have information about someone committing these thefts, is asked to:

• call the North Vancouver RCMP at (604) 985-1311; or,
• call Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online or via mobile phone app.

Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a criminal or recovery of stolen property.


Released by

Staff Sgt. Doug Trousdell

Acting Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Phone: 604-985-1311
Email: doug.trousdell@rcmp-grc-gc-ca


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