Cops kibosh catalytic caper


A hunch led a Langley RCMP officer to arrest a suspect in the middle of an attempt to pry loose parts from a parked pickup.

On afternoon of Nov. 5, the officer on patrol in North Langley spotted a suspicious looking man driving a GMC pickup full of junk and tools, said Cpl. Holly Marks, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

The officer turned around to see where the truck was going. The officer, driving an unmarked car and in plainclothes, saw the truck parked at the Carvolth Exchange bus loop on 86th Avenue.

Approaching the truck, the officer spotted the driver – not in his vehicle, but underneath a Dodge Ram pickup in the next parking stall.

The man was allegedly attempting to cut loose the catalytic converter.

There have been 12 previous incidents of catalytic converter theft from the same parking lot over the past two months, said Marks.

The man struggled briefly, but was arrested. He was also found to be a prohibited driver, and was under conditions that banned him from possessing tools.

The 48-year-old Surrey man is now facing charges and awaiting a court date on Dec. 18.

Just Posted

Langley animals feeling effects of smoky skies

Animal shelters are trying to keep their critters healthy through the smoggy days.

Medevac called to South Surrey business

Emergency response to workplace accident Tuesday

Langley City in need of some Terry Fox Run helpers

People can help out on run day or be involved in preparations before then.

Langley rider looks for hometown advantage if she makes World Cup

It won’t be known until Friday if Langley’s L.J. Tidball qualifies for the Longines FEI competition.

VIDEO: Mustang Roundup in Langley attracts car lovers from all over

A car show dedicated entirely to one model of Ford drew admirers and collectors to George Preston Recreation Centre.

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort found guilty of eight charges

A mistrial has been declared for the other 10 charges against him

Canada’s team chasing elusive gold medal at women’s baseball World Cup

Canada, ranked No. 2 behind Japan, opens play Wednesday against No. 10 Hong Kong

Former B.C. detective gets 20 months in jail for kissing teen witnesses

James Fisher, formerly with Vancouver police department, pleaded guilty to three charges in June

Former B.C. premier Christy Clark criticizes feds for buying pipeline

The $4.5 billion purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline second worst decision, she said

‘Takes more courage to fail’: B.C. ultra-marathon swimmer reflects on cancelled try at record

Susan Simmons halted her swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back because of hypothermia

$21.5 million medical pot plant to be built in B.C.

The facility is to be built in Princeton

Spokane man enlists 500,000+ box fans to blow wildfire smoke back to B.C.

Spokane man Caleb Moon says he’s had enough with smoky skies from B.C.’s forest fires blanketing his city

Feds agree to look at easing jury secrecy as part of review

At issue is a law that forbids jurors from talking about closed-door deliberations

Most Read