Saint Andrews RCMP investigating string of catalytic converter thefts

SAINT ANDREWS – Damage done to a Town of Saint Andrews vehicle sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 and 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 has the town and St. Andrews RCMP looking for help from the public, states an RCMP news brief.

The vehicle, which had been parked at the water plant on Harkness Road, had its catalytic converter removed and fuel tank punctured, resulting in a gas spill.

The theft comes on the heels of two additional thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in Chamcook and Bayside Thursday, Aug. 26 and Monday, Aug. 30.

Sgt. Chris Henderson of the Saint Andrews RCMP says the thefts “share similarities”, as the thieves are targeting commercial pick-up trucks.

Henderson says residents should be “vigilant” and report any suspicious activity to local police.

He also suggests parking vehicles “inside a locked building” when possible, or in a well-lit area to deter thieves.