Catalytic converter thief brawls with victim in Langley City

A Langley man had a fight with a thief while trying to sweep his catalytic converter Sunday afternoon, according to the RCMP.

Around 5 p.m. on August 28, a Langley City resident near 199th Street and 56th Avenue interrupted a suspected thief who was apparently trying to remove a part from the victim’s vehicle.

According to a police report on the incident, the suspect attacked the owner of the car and there was a brief scuffle.

The suspect fled in a vehicle described as a gray Infiniti, which had a shattered side window and driver’s taillight, the Cpl said. Langley RCMP spokesperson Holly Largy.

The damage to the car may have been caused during the scuffle, according to a social media post.

The man who identified himself as the victim posted on Facebook saying he gave the suspect “pieces” before fleeing.

Langley constables were called to the scene and Largy said fortunately the victim’s injuries were not serious enough to require a trip to hospital.

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The incident is being investigated and RCMP are filming the area.

Anyone who has seen the damaged gray or silver Infiniti is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200, or leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Largy noted that if anyone sees someone stealing their vehicle, including a theft of a catalytic converter, they should call 9-1-1 first and not attempt to arrest the thief themselves.

“We would never recommend anyone to abort any kind of flight, especially when they have a tool,” she said.

It’s far too easy to get injured in this situation, Largy said.

Catalytic converter thefts have become commonplace in the Lower Mainland, as the parts contain precious metals. This can be a major annoyance for drivers and ICBC, as repairs can cost thousands of dollars.

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