SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Three men have been charged with a series of catalytic converter thefts, spanning five months, in Surrey.
Stephen Pelland, 39, Chad Pollard, 40, and Richard Mantler, 49, have been charged with 13 offenses total related to the theft of catalytic converters, allegedly to have occurred between March and July.
They were charged in July and August, according to Surrey RCMP.
Police initiated a project in September 2019 in response to a rise in catalytic converter thefts.
“Across the Lower Mainland, thieves have targeted catalytic converters for their valuable metals which are then converted to cash when they are sold as scrap,” says a release from RCMP.
“Thieves often target vehicles that are higher up from the ground, such as minivans or SUVs, to allow easier access to the underside where the catalytic converter is located.”
Three men charged in connection with a series of catalytic converter thefts as a result of a special project initiated by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team. https://t.co/o2bTHXfqoP pic.twitter.com/rmgK5MCjtE
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Cpl. Sean McInnes said catalytic converter thefts are a financial burden for vehicle owners and contribute to a rise in insurance premiums.
“Our team will continue to strategically target the theft of vehicle parts, which have a significant community impact,” he added.
Anyone with information about auto crime is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or CrimeStoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.