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Appeal after four catalytic converters stolen

December 5, 2012, 12:42 pm

Detectives investigating the theft of four catalytic converters from North Yorkshire villages are asking for the publics help.

Overnight on 3 to 4 December 2012, thieves targeted a Mercedes Sprinter van in Kirby Fleetham near Northallerton and a LDV 400 van, a Land Rover Freelander and a Land Rover Discovery in Hutton Rudby near Yarm.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw or heard any suspicious vehicles, activity or people in either of the villages.

Detective Constable Keith Turner of Northallerton CID, said: “The vehicles have been targeted because of their high ground clearance. Its possible that the thieves checked out the area for these type of vehicles prior to committing the crimes.

“Therefore, I am appealing for residents to cast their minds back to the days leading up to the thefts and let us know if they recall any suspicious vehicles, people or activity in their neighbourhoods, as well as anyone who saw anything suspicious on the night of the thefts, particularly in the South Side, East Side and Northfields area of Hutton Rudby.”

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Keith Turner.

Or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Free catalytic converter marking in Northallerton

DC Turner added: “Its worth reminding vehicle owners that Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team are providing free catalytic converter marking at the Kwik-fit depot on Brompton Road this Saturday. This is part of Operation Tornado, the ongoing police campaign to drive down metal theft.

“The marking will be carried out on a first come, first served basis during 10am and 12pm on Saturday 8 December. Priority will be given to previous victims of crime and vulnerable vehicles including Mercedes Sprinter vans and vehicles with high ground clearance.”

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