CCTV released over catalytic converter theft in Bristol

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Police are looking to speak to two masked men caught on CCTV in connection with the theft of a catayltic converter at a business in Bristol.

The car was targeted in Old Gloucester Road on September 6 at 3.30pm. Two men can be seen arriving and leaving the area in a Vauxhall Insignia, which it is suspected was on false plates. Both men were wearing face masks.

Detective Inspector Angela Burtonwood said: “Although catalytic converter thefts are not a new issue, we have seen an increase in the number of these thefts over the past couple of years, like other parts of the country.

“It’s a crime that can be committed within just a couple of minutes and the increasing value of metal is making catalytic converters an even greater target.

“The impact on victims is significant, because it makes their vehicle not road legal due to an increase in emissions, and can hit them in the pocket too because even if their insurance covers the repair cost, they are likely to face a higher premium in the future.”

We are therefore urging people to be vigilant and please report any suspicious activity to us.

DI Burtonwood added: “We’d please ask anyone who sees a crime taking place to dial 999 straight away. Anything out of the ordinary, such as a car up on jacks being tended to by individuals wearing face masks, should be reported.”

Anyone who witnessed the catalytic converter theft in Bristol, or recognises the two men we wish to speak to, is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5222217592. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.