Thieves hit market to snatch car parts

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THIEVES snatched catalytic converters from parked cars as their owners browsed stalls at Bovingdon Market.

Five cars – a white Citroen C8, a black Kia Sorento, a black Mitsubishi Shogun, a Peugeot Partner and a red Ford Gala – were targeted on Saturday between 10am and 2.45pm.

The car part is sold on as scrap by thieves because they contain precious metals such as platium and palladium.

During the same weekend seven alloy wheels were stolen from vehicles on the forecourt at Chipperfield Land Rover in Langley Road.

Discovery and Sport models of the 4x4 were targeted and the spare wheels taken from the rear of the vehicles.

Garage owner Graham Price said: “We haven’t costed it exactly but as a round figure the tyres are about £200 each and the alloy wheels will be a few hundred pounds each rather than tens of pounds because of the size of the wheels.”

The wheels were taken between 5.30pm on Saturday and 10.30pm the following day.

Mr Price said: “The police said it is not just wheels but that catalytic converters are being cut off cars. I think it is all down to the recession. Wheels and tyres are a valuable commodity and I would imagine pretty easily sold on the black market.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to call the Herts Constabulary non-emergency number on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.