New West woman pepper sprayed during catalytic converter theft

After a New Westminster woman went to check on the ruckus coming from her driveway, she was allegedly pepper-sprayed by two people stealing the catalytic converter from her car.

According to police, the suspects took off in a black truck after assaulting the woman last Thursday, and stealing the valuable part from her parked car.

Catalytic converters are part of a car’s exhaust system and are a target for thieves due to the pricey precious metals within them.

The theft took place near Chestnut Street and Churchill Avenue, and police are asking the public for any information.

“If anyone knows about catalytic converter thefts in the city, please get in touch with an officer. As the value of the precious metals contained within the catalytic converters continues to increase, so do the number of thefts of these devices,” said Sgt. Andrew Leaver in a statement.

The New Westminster Police Department strongly recommends that people witnessing a catalytic converter theft in progress call 9-1-1.

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