Kingston Police seek to identify suspect in recent catalytic converter theft

Seized catalytic converters from a traffic stop on Highway 401 earlier in 2021. Image via OPP.

Police are once again seeing increased reports of catalytic converter thefts in the Kingston area, and Kingston Police are currently seeking to identify a suspect in a case of one of those thefts.

Earlier in 2021, both Kingston Police and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported an increase of stolen catalytic converters in the Kingston area. Today, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, Kingston Police are again reporting a similar trend, stating that the “Kingston Police Criminal Investigations Division are once again investigating recent incidents of catalytic converters being stolen from parked vehicles.”

“Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in a number of communities and the financial burden on vehicle owners and insurance companies for this type of crime is high,” Kingston Police said in a press release. “Repair costs can range anywhere between $2,000 to $3,000 dollars. “

One such incident occurred earlier this month, when a male suspect broke into the parking lot of a business on John Counter Boulevard, police said.

Image of suspect in the theft of a catalytic converter from a parked vehicle in a business’ parking lot on John Counter Boulevard on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. Image provided by Kingston Police.

According to Kingston Police, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, an unknown male was able to crawl under the fencing and into the business’ parking lot. There, using a reciprocating saw like a Sawzall®, the male was able to remove a catalytic converter from a parked vehicle in a matter of minutes before fleeing the scene on a bicycle. The business had security cameras in place, and the above image of the suspect was captured.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may have information pertaining to the identity of the male suspect is asked to contact Detective Constable Andrew Wilby at 613-549-4660 ext. 6272, or via email at [email protected].

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