Bumbling thieves busted

Ridge Meadows

2021-04-26 13:47 PDT

File # 2021-8027

Maple Ridge, B.C. – Ridge Meadows RCMP have arrested two men in relation to a recent catalytic converter theft.

On Monday, at around 3:00 AM, a man reported suspicious activity occurring around his vehicle. His catalytic converter had been stolen and he discovered a saw blade on the ground near his car. The man also made another unique discovery…a wallet, which did not belong to anyone in the household.

Police believe it was highly likely that the man caught the thieves off-guard and, in their hurry to flee, they dropped the saw blade and wallet, which contained full ID information inside.

Curious if the thieves would return to look for the missing wallet, police took covert position in the area. Sure enough, a short time later, a vehicle with two men inside returned to the area circling around the block multiple times. The car was stopped by police and the wallet and ID cards matched the passenger in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the car also revealed the suspected stolen catalytic converter.

Two men were arrested for theft under $5000, criminal mischief and possession of items used for break and entering.

Both men were released with multiple conditions and will be attending a future court date in B.C. Provincial court.

Released by
Constable Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows RCMP

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