Police said on Oct. 4, just before 7:30 a.m., the woman confronted two men who were “actively removing” the catalytic converter from her vehicle, which was parked near Renfrew Street and East 1st Avenue.
“We are reminding the public to call us if they witness this type of crime, and if possible, not to approach the suspect,” Const. Tania Visintin with Vancouver police said in a release Friday. “We ask witnesses to get to a safe place and stay on the phone with our call takers so police will have the most accurate information to arrest the suspect.”
Vancouver police said there have been 14 catalytic converter thefts this year in Metro Vancouver where the victim was assaulted during the theft. Visintin said most of the incidents involved bear or pepper spray, but in one case, a pellet gun was used.
Between Jan. 1, 2021 and Oct. 5, 2021, Vancouver police have had 425 reports of catalytic converter thefts compared with a total of 204 thefts in 2020.
Catalytic converters are targeted for theft because of the precious metals inside them, police said.
If anyone sees this type of theft in progress, they are asked to call 911.