Seized catalytic converters in a photo released by Surrey RCMP.

Seized catalytic converters in a photo released by Surrey RCMP.

Catalytic converter thieves hitting Castlegar

Three vehicles had catalytic converters cut off

Castlegar RCMP are investigating a recent rash of catalytic converter thefts.

The converters were stolen from three separate vehicles between March 29 and April 1.

Two of the thefts took place at the Brilliant Park and Ride in Ootischenia, one on March 29 and the other on April 1, according to Sgt. Monty Taylor. Both took place during the daytime.

The third vehicle was parked at a business in the 1000 block of Columbia Avenue and had two catalytic converters removed between March 30 – 31.

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Catalytic converters reduce toxic vehicle emissions and contain platinum, palladium and rhodium, all metals that have greatly increased in value in recent years.

In March, B.C. introduced an amendment to the Metal Dealers and Recyclers Regulation that requires metal dealers to report each transaction, including information about the seller, to police on the day of sale. Prior to the amendment, catalytic converters could be sold to metal dealers without providing personal information.

Police are asking anyone that was parked at the park and ride on March 29 or April 1 with dash camera video or other information related to these offences to contact the Castlegar RCMP at (250)365-7721.

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