Police appeal after catalytic converter stolen in Handforth

Officers investigating catalytic converter thefts in Handforth are appealing for information from members of the public.

Three men wearing dark clothing and face masks stole a catalytic converter from a black Toyota car parked at Handforth Dean Retail Park in Handforth.

The incident occurred at around 12 noon on Monday 24th May and the offenders fled in a dark blue Honda Civic.

The following day, catalytic converters were stolen from two Toyota cars parked at Bents home and garden centre on Warrington Road in Glazebury, Warrington.

The victims became aware of the thefts when they returned to their cars at about 3.20pm.

The thieves are believed to have been travelling in a dark blue Honda Civic and the incidents in Handforth and Warrington are believed to be linked.

Enquiries in relation to them are ongoing and officers are urging anyone with any information or footage that may aid their investigation to come forward.

Inspector Andy Baker said: "I would like to reassure members of the public that we are doing everything we can to establish who stole the catalytic converters and make them face the consequences of their actions.

"As part of our ongoing enquiries we want to speak to anyone who was in the Handforth Dean Retail Park car park at around 12 noon on Monday 24 May or the Bents home and garden centre car park in Warrington before 3.20pm the following afternoon and witnessed anything suspicious.

"It takes specialist tools to remove catalytic converters from vehicles.

"If you saw, or have dashcam footage of, anyone acting suspiciously in the car parks please get in touch.

"The same goes for anyone who believes that they may know who stole the catalytic converters or have information or footage regarding the dark blue Honda Civic that the offenders are believed to have been travelling in."

Anyone with any information or footage that may help the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 995641, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise across the country in recent times, due to the precious metal they contain.

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David Swain
Thursday 27th May 2021 at 8:17 am
My Toyota also had its catalytic converter stolen on Mon 24th. This took place between 11.00 and 13.30 at the Carrs car park, in a disabled parking spot - the result was a bill for almost £1,000. There are thousands of similar reports on various "Toyota Owners Club" websites, most of them receiving responses from Toyota but no solutions.
Simon Atkins
Thursday 10th June 2021 at 10:08 am
It only seems to be Toyotas, I read in the news. If people stop buying them maybe Toyota will make them harder to steal.
John Harries
Thursday 10th June 2021 at 11:12 am
Nop Simon, it's also a favorite sport with the Honda Jazz. These 'cat.' stealing reptiles are bright enough to isolate the easiest cars to strip of their catalytic converters so specifically target them - our Jazz was 'done' overnight earlier this year right outside the house in Handforth; 90 seconds (I did the research) and it's off and gone leaving us with a circa £300 bill (and that's cheap in comparison with the prices a garage would charge) and a lot of inconvenience!

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