Thieves steal catalytic converter from Honda in broad daylight in Swannery parking lot
A woman from WEYMOUTH has been targeted by thieves after her catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda Jazz in broad daylight.
The woman, who wishes to rename anonymous, said around noon on Saturday that she parked at the Swannery parking lot at Radipole Park Drive.
Hours later, she returned to her car where she left and was ‘shocked’ after describing her car sounding ‘like a tank’ after thieves removed the emission control device from ‘exhaust.
She said: “It was a busy day and there were so many people.
“I parked my car and entered the city center. After I got back I drove my car which looked like a tank.
“My son is a mechanic, so I asked him to look immediately. He checked it and said the catalytic converter had been cut.”
Catalytic converters are part of a car’s exhaust system. They contain a honeycomb coated with precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium which help reduce and filter harmful gases from vehicle exhaust systems.
Cars with the converter stolen cannot be driven legally. Replacement catalytic converters can cost up to £ 1,000 which can be very costly for targeted motorists.
“I was shocked because it happened in broad daylight and it will have to go through my insurance,” said the victim.
“I have seen reports that these thieves were targeting Honda cars, which is strange.
“I can’t believe no one noticed it because they must have had a tool to remove it. I was shocked at the rigidity.
“I have a bad bill. I want to warn others and I don’t want these thieves to get away with it.”
In a previous report, police warned owners of cars, especially Honda Jazz and Honda CR-V models, to be vigilant after the theft increased.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: ‘We have received a report that a catalytic converter was stolen from a car parked in the Swannery car park in Weymouth between 1.45pm and 2.45pm on Saturday 24 April 2021. Investigations into the incident are ongoing. No arrests have been made at this point. ”
The car park is managed by Dorset Council.
A council spokesperson said: “We have reviewed our CCTV footage, and unfortunately this theft took place outside of camera range.
“We asked our cameramen to pay special attention to the parking lots following this incident. Our parking control officers have also been made aware of this type of theft, so that they can be alerted to any suspicious behavior while on patrols.
If you have any information, contact the police on the 101 crime reference number: 55210064583.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.