Eight catalytic converters stolen from Whitstable vans in last fortnight

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By MariaSoleil | Friday, February 01, 2013, 13:13

EIGHT catalytic converters have been stolen from Whitstable vans in the last fortnight.

Thieves have targetted Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans due to the high value of metals contained in the engine part.

Two catalytic converters were stolen from vans parked in Avondale Close and Millstrood Road between Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 January.

Thieves also took six catalytic converters from vans overnight in Millstrood Road, between 11.20pm on Monday 28 January and 1am on Tuesday 29 January.

Three other thefts in Aylesham, Herne Bay and Faversham have urged Kent Police to issue a warning to motorists in east Kent to keep their vehicles safe.

Chief Inspector Lee Russell said: "Fitting a catalytic converter clamp or security cage can help deter thieves. 

"I'd also encourage people to security mark and register the metal shell of the converter so if it is stolen, it is easier to trace back to your vehicle if it is recovered.

"We will investigate all reports and do all we can to identify the offenders and bring them to justice. 

"I'd urge anyone with information about any of the incidents to contact Kent Police by calling 101."



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