ADVICE: Police advice following catalytic converter thefts
Officers investigating a string of catalytic converter thefts in Nottinghamshire have called for the public’s help in identifying those responsible.
Yesterday (Tuesday 10 December 2019), four reports of theft from vehicles were made to Nottinghamshire Police. It is believed that offenders targeted cars parked in tram stop car parks across the county, as well as King’s Mill Hospital car park.
Officers were called to tram stop car parks in Queens Drive in the Meadows at 2pm, Toton Lane Park at 5.45pm and Cinderhill at 7.10pm to reports of catalytic converter thefts from parked cars.
A further report of a catalytic converter theft was made to police at 7.20pm in King’s Mill Hospital car park, Mansfield.
Inspector Steven Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We have seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts across the East Midlands but Nottinghamshire has been targeted in particular over the last few weeks.
“There are signs you can spot to help our officers catch criminals responsible for catalytic converter thefts.
“For example, there is a misconception that someone committing a theft of a catalytic converter can appear to be changing a tyre. This is untrue, an offender will often be lying under the centre of a car and will be accompanied by two ‘look-outs’ who will warn the offender of anyone nearby.
“I would urge everyone to be vigilant when they are parking their cars, you might spot something that is vital in aiding out investigations into this spate of crime. Furthermore, if you spot anything suspicious, contact us as soon as possible.
“If you have any information that could aid our officers in their investigations from yesterday, please get in touch with us via 101 and quote incident number 407 for Queens Park Drive, 682 for Toton Lane, 765 for Cinderhill or 768 for King’s Mill Hospital.
“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at https://crowd.in/LwAMDW.”