Police warn public to be vigilant following catalytic converter thefts

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(Last Updated On: February 6, 2018)

Police have warned the public to be vigilant after a series of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Torquay, Newton Abbot and Totnes.

The thefts happened between Saturday 3rd February and Monday 5th February 2018, there were three incidents in Devon.

The converters were stolen whilst vehicles were parked on the street outside the owner’s homes and also from vehicles parked on industrial estates. The vehicles being targeted are mainly Honda Accords.

Officers are advising the public to park their vehicles either under street lights if possible, on driveways or in garages and to avoid leaving vehicles in areas such as industrial estates.

Police have also asked scrap metal merchants to be vigilant if they are offered catalytic converters for sale as thieves will likely target them. Merchants are asked to ensure that they identify the sellers and report to the police.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen catalytic converters or exhausts being transported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting CR/010695/18.

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