Police make three arrests in different counties after spate of catalytic converter thefts

Nottinghamshire Police have made three in arrests in different counties in connection with catalytic converter thefts.

Warrants were executed in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire following reports of seven catalytic converter thefts from city car parks on November 25 2019.

Four were from the Toton Lane park and ride site, two from the Phoenix Park park and ride and one at The Forest park and ride.

Two men, aged 29 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of theft after officers carried out a warrant in Bagworth, Leicestershire, on January  16.

A 21-year-old man was also arrested in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on January 14 on suspicion of theft.

The three men have since been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "These two days of enforcement action and resulting arrests shows the positive action we are taking as a force to tackle this crime type, to identify individuals suspected to be involved in offences and to bring them to justice.

"While we have seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts as a force, this is very much a national and regional issue, rather than being just a Nottinghamshire issue.

"We have made arrests and carried out search warrants in relation to catalytic converter thefts and we are using a range of tactics to tackle this issue.

"Catalytic converters, which convert vehicle exhaust emissions into less toxic gasses, are targeted because they contain high value metals.

"Catalytic converter theft can have a big impact on victims as repairs can be costly and time spent without a vehicle can make it difficult for victims to get to work, drop their children off at school and generally go about their daily business.

"As previous incidents have shown, it can take offenders only a matter of seconds to remove a catalytic converter which is why we’re urging members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us."

Author: Ben Reid

Source: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/police-make-three-arrests-different-3776960