While the theft of vehicle parts has been increasing across Metro Vancouver this summer, Surrey RCMP busted two male suspects in the act in Vancouver.
On July 15, Surrey RCMP received a report about a catalytic converter stolen from a vehicle in the 12700 block of 76A Avenue in Surrey.
On August 20, police located and arrested two suspects who were in the midst of another theft in the 900 block of Southwest Marine Drive in Vancouver.
Officers found three catalytic converters in the trunk of their vehicle.
Kristopher Larson, 27, and Stephen Pelland, 39, are both known to police and are already facing several charges for property-related offences.
Both are being held in custody for an appearance at Surrey Provincial Court on Tuesday (August 27).
Larson has been charged with theft under $5,000 and mischief while Pelland is charged with 10 counts, including theft under $5,000, mischief over $5,000, and driving while prohibited.
Anyone who may have been a victim of this or a similar crime is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Catalytic converter thefts have been increasing across Metro Vancouver.
This week, Burnaby RCMP issued an advisory that catalytic converter thefts are on the increase in Burnaby, particularly in industrial areas which are less pppulated on evenings or weekends.
Burnaby RCMP offered the following advice to prevent such thefts:
- install, weld, and bolt a wire cage around the converter to the underside of the motor vehicle;
- have your license plate number or VIN etched into the converter;
- install catalytic security devices (Catstrap or CatClamp);
- park in a garage or inside a secure, well-lit fenced area equipped with surveillance cameras.
Meanwhile, Richmond RCMP warned citizens last week that 13 such thefts have taken place in Richmond since June.
Delta and Vancouver police arrested three male suspects on July 9 after several catalytic converter thefts took place in Delta.
On July 11, two vehicles found on fire in Port Coquitlam are suspected of being linked to attempted catalytic converter thefts.
Catalytic converters, which are located beneath a vehicle as part of its exhaust system, are targeted by thieves who try to sell them to metal recyclers.