Hamilton Police arrest 27 people during catalytic converter theft crackdown

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Published July 2, 2020 at 7:10 pm

Hamilton Police say that a lengthy investigation into catalytic converter thefts across the city has resulted in the arrest of 27 individuals.

Hamilton Police say that a lengthy investigation into catalytic converter thefts across the city has resulted in the arrest of 27 individuals.

In June of 2020, Hamilton Police initiated Project GARFIELD, an initiative that focused on the theft of catalytic converters, which have been on the rise in the city.

The project was aimed at identifying and arresting suspects involved in these thefts and also served to identify businesses and residences that have been affected by this crime.

The project was designed as a preventive tool with components that included education, partnership with the community and the concentration of efforts on chronic offenders.

The project team included members of the Division 20 HEAT Unit, Crime Managers, uniform patrol and BEAR Unit. As indicated below, the blended team approach yielded significant results.

Over the course of two weeks, members of the Hamilton Police Service patrolled target areas and delivered the following results over the duration of the project;

  • 27 Arrests
  • 68 Criminal Charges laid
  • 1 Criminal Code Search Warrant executed
  • 45 Provincial Offence Notices issued

Police say the suspects arrested were identified and became the focal point because of their propensity to commit crimes related to break and enter and theft of catalytic converters.

They were not working in concert with one another and many of them were charged with failing to comply with conditions associated with property crimes.

Catalytic converters are typically targeted for their value in scrap metals.

The value of the damage caused in the removal of this exhaust component generally exceeds that of the part itself, police say.

Hamilton Police are reminding vehicle owners to take precautions in order to lessen their chances of becoming a victim:

  • Park vehicle in well-lit areas
  • Park closer to pedestrian or vehicle traffic so it is not isolated
  • When possible, park in areas that utilize video surveillance

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime, you are asked to contact Detective Constable Brian WREN (905) 546-8925 or Det. Sergeant Andrea TORRIE (905) 546-8937.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com

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