Catalytic converter thefts
Police are appealing for information and urging vigilance after three thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles yesterday, Tuesday 15 June, where in one incident a member of public was injured after disturbing the offenders.
This incident occurred at approximately 11:55pm last night in School Road, Kedington.
Four males were seen removing a catalytic converter from a Honda CRV, parked on the road, before getting into their vehicle – believed to be a dark-coloured Audi A3.
The offenders were challenged by a member of public, a man aged in his 50s, who attempted to stop them, but the front passenger opened his window and threw an unknown liquid in the man’s face causing reddening to his eye and blurred vision.
The suspects then reversed towards the man before driving away.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries were not serious and he has since been discharged.
Witnesses, or anyone with information, are urged to contact Suffolk Police quoting reference 31923/21.
Further incidents have been reported in Beccles.
At some point between 9:45am and 11:45am yesterday, a Suzuki Jimny had its cat converter stolen whilst parked at the Tesco carpark in George Westwood Way (reference 31967/21).
Another theft of a cat converter from a Toyota Avensis was reported to have taken place between 10:45am and 1pm yesterday whilst parked at the Beccles Tennis Club in Common Lane (reference 31958/21).
Officers are continuing their investigations and are exploring links between the incidents reported.
Members of the public are urged not to approach offenders if they see a theft in progress, for their own safety, but to instead call police on 999.
Witnesses or anyone with any information about these incidents, or who saw any suspicious vehicles at the times stated, should contact Suffolk Police via
Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update
Phone – call 101
In an emergency always call 999
Owners of vehicles can follow these tips:
- Keep private vehicles in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit public area.
- Park vehicles in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult or parallel with another vehicle if you own one.
- Keep commercial vehicles in a locked building or compound.
- If possible, use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.
Crime prevention advice can be found by visiting: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/catalyticconvertertheft...