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Thieves steal catalytic converters from cars in Maple Ridge

With the price of precious metals skyrocketing, thieves are helping themselves to stolen catalytic converters, which contain valuable platinum, palladium or rhodium.  - RCMP
With the price of precious metals skyrocketing, thieves are helping themselves to stolen catalytic converters, which contain valuable platinum, palladium or rhodium.
— image credit: RCMP

Police are looking for catalytic converters stolen from nine cars in Maple Ridge in a span of three days.

The thefts took place between Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 20 and targeted vehicles parked on streets and driveways.

Eight of the vehicles were Toyotas, including four pickup trucks and four Toyota 4Runners manufactured between 1989 and 2001. A 1990 Nissan pickup truck also suffered a similar fate.

Seven of the thefts took place just east of 240th Street, between 101st Avenue and 109th Ave.  The eighth theft occurred on Kendrick Place at 227th St. and the ninth report came in from Hillside St. just south of 124th Ave.

Catalytic converters are devices that reduce pollution-causing emissions. With the price of precious metals skyrocketing, thieves are helping themselves to stolen catalytic converters, which contain valuable platinum, palladium or rhodium.

Rhodium sells for roughly $9,500 an ounce, while platinum pays  about $2,000.

• Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at  604-463-6251.

 

Store skirmish

Mounties arrested a man at store in Maple Ridge on Monday after he threatened staff.

The 43-year-old man was seen trying to shoplift a quantity of batteries from London Drugs around 9:45 p.m.

Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said the man was stopped by the store’s loss prevention officer when he tried to leave and a physical struggle ensued.

Another employee from the store intervened and helped the loss prevention officer restrain the man while they waited for police to area.

“During the struggle, the suspect threatened to harm both the loss prevention officer and the other employee,” added Dunlop.

The man has a criminal history that includes a conviction for stealing from a different Maple Ridge drug store in December 2011. He is currently on probation.

The man was held in police custody overnight for a court appearance on Tuesday.

 

Car crash

Three people escaped serious injury following a two-car crash in Maple Ridge on Saturday.

The cars collided around 12:45 p.m. at Lougheed Highway and 216th Street. Police believe one of the drivers had a medical condition that caused the accident.

Three people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Stolen van

A 33-year-old man was arrested in Maple Ridge on Friday after police caught him driving a stolen van.

Two police officers with Ridge Meadows RCMP's Street Enforcement Unit spotted the van around 4:20 p.m. and followed it until it came to a stop.

The van had been reported stolen the previous night.

The man was arrested and held over the weekend for a court appearance on Monday.

 

Break-in

Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for three men who broke into a house in Maple Ridge on Friday.

The trio entered a basement suite of the house on Dewdney Trunk Road, near 260th Street just before 9 p.m.

Police said the men were confronted by a person who lives in the house and ran off.

Ridge Meadows RCMP brought in a police dog to search for the men but were unable to locate the suspects.

Evidence from the scene was gathered by the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Services.

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