Catalytic Converter Thefts Still Trending
Hamilton Police are warning the public to be aware of catalytic converters thefts as the numbers have escalated in the last couple of months. In December 2019, 35 incidents were reported and 31 in January 2020.
A component of the exhaust system, catalytic converters contain high-value metal that is then sold at scrap metal yards. Larger-style SUVs appear to be the focus because of accessibility to the converter. The converter can be removed in less than two minutes. Parking lots such as malls, educational facilities and other commercial areas have been targeted.
On Thursday, January 23, 2020, shortly before 9:00 a.m., a male was observed selling two stolen catalytic converters for cash in the area of Burlington Street and Parkdale Avenue North in Hamilton.
The male was brought into custody with his bail opposed.
Charged: Michael Nyuli (53-years-old) Hamilton resident
- Fraud Under $5000
- Trafficking in Property Under $5000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Possession of Burglary Tools
If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime or other catalytic converter thefts, you are asked to contact the Hamilton BEAR Unit, Detective Sean Woodard at (905)546-3820.
It is important that you follow safety precautions in order to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Park vehicle in well-lit areas
- Park closer to pedestrian or vehicle traffic so it is not isolated
- Check if the area has video surveillance
- If you notice a loud muffler-related noise and loss of engine power when starting your vehicle, contact the police.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com