Four arrested over catalytic converter thefts
We’ve seized a boot-load of stolen catalytic converters and arrested four men after officers stopped a car in the early hours of this morning (16 Oct).
Officers were on patrol in Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston at 1am when they pulled over a VW Passat with four men on board.
They’ve been arrested on suspicion of theft after five catalytic converters, cut from vehicle exhaust pipes, were found in the boot of the car.
A 22-year-old scrap metal dealer from Brierley Hill, a 19-year-old man from Wolverley, a 22-year-old man from Dudley and a 25-year-old man from Halesowen remain in police custody for questioning.
Further searches will take place at their home addresses and any linked premises as part of the investigation.
There has been a sharp rise nationally in the number of catalytic converter thefts which has been fuelled by the increase in value of their precious metals.
We are working with police forces across the UK as part of a national metal theft task force tackling these crimes.
It’s best to speak to your vehicle manufacturer about the best way to try and prevent catalytic converter thefts.
One option is to consider fitting a protection device made specifically to cover the catalytic converter in the exhaust.
We’d also advise marking your catalytic converter with a unique security coding product and display the warning stickers supplied by such providers.