Daylight thefts of catalytic converters in Exeter sparks police warning for vigilance

Police are urging motorists to be vigilant after multiple thefts of catalytic converters in broad daylight in the Exwick area of Exeter.

Officers said the thefts took place between Tuesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 11, where the exhausts and catalytic converters were ‘forcibly removed’ from vehicles.

Devon and Cornwall Police believes two of the crimes were committed during daylight and took the culprits minutes to carry out.

Officers said two of the vehicles were targeted while parked in built-up residential areas.

Anyone with information about the thefts, or who has seen someone acting suspiciously in the Exwick area, is asked to contact the police.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Exeter police have received reports of three separate thefts from a motor vehicle in the Exwick area of the city recently.

“These crimes occurred between Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 February, which involved the exhaust/catalytic converters being forcibly removed from the vehicles.

“It’s believed that two of these crimes occurred in daylight hours and have happened within minutes.

“Two of the three vehicles were parked in built up residential car parks.”

Police added: “Please be extra vigilant, and call police on 999 should you see anything suspicious, or a crime in progress.”

If you have information to help police, call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk and quote crime numbers CR/011208/21, CR/011202/21 and CR/010843/21.

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