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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Published on: 16 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 19 Mar, 2021

A man has been arrested in Frimley on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters, a type of theft now becoming more widely reported across Surrey.

Just after 1:30pm on Wednesday (March 10), an Automated Number Plate Reader in Sandhurst picked up a car using potentially cloned plates.

Traffic officers found the unoccupied car in the car park at Frimley Park Hospital. Two catalytic converters and tools were in the boot.

A 21-year-old man from Slough has been arrested on suspicion of theft and released on conditional bail.

PS Sam Barwood said: “We are committed to stopping catalytic converter thefts from Surrey and urge people to remain vigilant for signs of this crime and report any information to us.

“If you see a car being lifted up and hear the sound of metal being cut, it could be a catalytic converter theft in action. If you suspect this, immediately dial 999.”

Anyone with information relating to this incident, please contact police quoting crime reference number PR/45210024689 via:

• Website
• Online
• Calling 101

If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See also: The Two Sides of Human Nature and Stay On Lookout After Spate of Catalytic Converter Thefts, Surrey Drivers Warned

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Responses to Man Arrested on Suspicion of Catalytic Converter Thefts

  1. Jules Cranwell Reply

    March 20, 2021 at 6:32 am

    These are heinous crimes indeed. An elderly Horsley resident had his stolen, the night before he was due to go for his jab. Luckily, the Community bus was available, and I was able to take him. If it had not been, he may have missed his appointment, with potentially dreadful consequences.

  2. Valerie Thompson Reply

    March 21, 2021 at 9:31 am

    These thefts have been regularly taking place in supermarket car parks and especially at Wisley Gardens. New cars are more likely to be targeted. As a precaution, always reverse into car-parking spaces with the rear of the car as close as possible to hedges, walls or fences. I now do the same in my own drive.

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