Catalytic converter theft suspects arrested by Mounties

Chilliwack, Upper Fraser Valley

2022-01-18 09:12 PST

File # 2021-55401

An uninsured car entering a parking lot led to the arrest of suspects during an alleged theft of a catalytic converter.

Shortly after noon on December 30, 2021, an alert RCMP Crime Reduction Officer (CRU) noted the Volkswagon Jetta parked along side an second vehicle at the back of a parking lot in the 5800-block of Vedder Road.

The vehicle together with the odd behaviour of its two occupants caught our officer’s attention, said Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. Police computer data base queries, performed by the officer, confirmed the vehicle was not insured and associated to a theft of catalytic converter reported to Abbotsford police in December 2021.

The Jetta remained parked for almost a half-an-hour before a suspect stood up between the parked vehicles, allegedly tossed a catalytic converter into the Jetta and drove out of the parking lot.

Officers converging to the location quickly stopped the Jetta then arrested a 44-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both of Chilliwack. Police later released both individuals pending a court date in February.

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Generally a cutting device is required to complete the act, adds Rail. That sound from under a parked vehicle is often the key to recognizing the theft is occurring.

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact police at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
 

Released by

Cpl. Mike Rail

Media Relations Officer
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
45877 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2C8
Office: 604-393-3013
Fax: 604-393-3032

Email: UFVRD_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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