A 41-year-old woman was pepper sprayed by a man who was recently stealing the catalytic converter on her vehicle in East Vancouver.
Police said on Oct. 4, just before 7:30 a.m., the woman confronted two men who “actively removed” the catalytic converter from her vehicle, which was parked near Renfrew Street and East 1st Avenue.
“We remind the public to call us if they are witnessing this type of crime and, if possible, not to approach the suspect,” says Const. This is stated by Tania Visintin with the Vancouver police in a press release on Friday. “We are asking witnesses to come to a safe place and stay on the phone with our call recorders so that the police have the most accurate information to arrest the suspect.”
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Why are thieves stealing catalysts across Canada?
Vancouver police said there have been 14 thefts of catalysts in Metro Vancouver this year, with the victim being assaulted during the theft. Visintin said most incidents involved bear or pepper spray, but in one case a pill gun was used.
Between January 1, 2021 and October 5, 2021, Vancouver police had 425 reports of catalyst thefts compared to a total of 204 thefts in 2020.
Catalysts are targeted at theft due to precious metals inside them, police said.
If anyone sees this type of theft going on, they are asked to call 911.
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