New Westminster – On February 8th members of the New Westminster Police Department Crime Reduction Unit and Street Crime Unit were conducting proactive work targeting known catalytic converter thieves. Officers observed three individuals steal a catalytic converter after which, they were arrested and brought to New Westminster Police Department cells.
“Catalytic converter thefts are an ongoing problem across the lower mainland region,” Stated Sergeant Andrew Leaver. “We want criminals to know that police departments are sharing information, our specialty units are making arrests, and we’re working with the public who are calling 9-1-1 when they see these thieves in the act of stealing.”
The NWPD has submitted a Report to Crown counsel with the following charges being recommended:
Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 contrary to Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code;
Theft under $5000 contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code;
Mischief contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code.
The New Westminster Police Department Street Crime Unit and Crime Reduction Unit has an on-going investigation related to theft of catalytic converters, with support from the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Gang Suppression Unit. If you have information about catalytic converter theft in New Westminster, please call 604-525-5411. The New Westminster Police Department strongly recommends people witnessing a catalytic converter theft in progress to call 9-1-1.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Andrew Leaver