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Spate of catalytic converter thefts from cars in Droitwich

Droitwich Editorial 3rd Sep, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DROITWICH drivers are being urged to be on their guard after four catalytic converter thefts in the space of just three days.

The warning has been issued by Wychavon Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Janet Heritage.

She said: “The devices contain small amounts of three precious metals – platinum, palladium and rhodium.

“In recent years, the price of these metals have soared to record levels, resulting in catalytic converters becoming a target for theft.

“Transit/Sprinter vans, 4×4 Landrovers and other vehicles with high clearance are especially vulnerable.”

As well as the thefts of the converters, which remove toxins from vehicle emissions, other items have also been stolen from vehicles once the thieves have gained access to them.

The first of the incidents happened on Oakfield Road, between 8pm on August 18 and 6.30am on August 19 while the Citroen C5 was parked on a driveway.

Also, from 10pm on August 18 and 9am on August 19 on Main Road, Ombersley, a converter was taken from another Citroen C5, along with two pairs of prescription sunglasses and a black back pack containing a Dell E7420 laptop.

Then, between 6.15pm on August 20 and 9.25am on August 21 in Thatcher Place, Droitwich, a Toyota Hilux Invincible was targeted, with the catalytic converter being taken.

And at some point between 4pm on August 21 and 9.25am on August 22, thieves stole the device from a Ford Ranger Thunder while it was in Honeymans Gardens.

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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