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Hamilton police nab thief cutting out catalytic converters near Parkdale and Barton

Catalytic convertors are part of a vehicle's exhaust system.

HAMILTON POLICE

Hamilton officers arrested a man they say was caught stealing catalytic convertors from vehicles in the east end early Monday (Feb. 24). – John Rennison,Spectator file photo

A 32-year-old Brampton man is facing charges after police say officers busted a man in the act of cutting out a catalytic converter from a parked car.

Just before 2 a.m. Feb. 24, officers were proactively checking the status of parked vehicles in the area of Parkdale Avenue North and Barton Street East, according to a press release.

At that time, they overheard the sound of power tools being used in a nearby parking lot. According to police, a man was seen walking away from a group of parked cars holding a bag of tools. He was arrested without incident. After a search of the immediate area, officers found two catalytic convertors, which are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system.

A Brampton man was scheduled to appear in court Monday to face charges of theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of burglary tools and mischief under $5,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Andrea Torrie at 905-546-2991 or Det. Sean Woodard by calling 905-546-3824.

To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online.

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