Catalytic converter thief in Sainsbury’s car park

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Buyers were stunned when a man allegedly attempted to saw through a catalytic converter under a car before raising a middle finger at onlookers.

Footage shows the man with what appears to be a reciprocating saw climbing under a car and starting to cut it outside Sainsbury’s in Willesden Green.

It appears he has two attempts to remove the coin. But while taking a short rest, he raises his middle finger at the others in the parking lot.

Video of the incident was posted on social media where residents couldn’t believe the man was so daring to attempt an alleged theft in broad daylight.

One commented that it was “amazing” while another said it was like something from the “Wild West”. Others have suggested Sainsbury’s police and staff should have done more.

The number of catalytic converter thefts in North West London has increased over the past two years. It can take thieves less than a minute to remove the part and leave victims with expensive repair costs.

Between January 2019 and August 2021, 2,850 catalytic converter thefts were recorded in Brent and Harrow, according to figures from the London Assembly.

Japanese cars are the most common target – 86% of thefts in the region during this period were from Toyota, Lexus and Honda vehicles.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani said: “Catalytic converter theft is not only costly for vehicle owners, but can also be quite a traumatic experience.

“I have spoken to many victims of crime in my riding who have felt very helpless and upset.

“These thefts are often ruthless and brazenly committed by organized criminal groups and we have recently seen a significant increase due to the rising price of precious metals.

“The best way to prevent this crime is to design it.

“This is why I wrote to the vehicle manufacturers who are most often targeted to encourage them to distribute catalytic converter marking kits to their customers and to offer a free Catloc retrofit service. ”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 3.19pm on October 18 at Willesden High Road following reports of an attempted theft of a catalytic converter.

“It was reported that the suspect was disturbed by members of the public and fled. Officers attended and searched the area, but the suspect was not located.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Police were called in about an incident at our Willesden Green store last week and we are supporting them in their investigation.”

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