Catalytic converter thieves strike in Bishop's Stortford
Three masked men, one of them armed with a baseball bat, pulled up on an elderly couple's driveway and stole the catalytic converter from their car.
The blue Vauxhall Astra in Piggotts Way on the Havers estate in Bishop's Stortford was targeted at around 9pm on Saturday May 8.
PC Derek Lewin, of the Bishop’s Stortford neighbourhood policing team, said: “The vehicle, parked on the victim’s drive, was targeted by three unknown suspects who were all wearing masks.
“One stood by the boot with the back open, holding a baseball bat, while the vehicle was jacked up and they used a cutting device to steal the catalytic converter."
The Astra belongs to a couple in their 80s. A neighbour said: "It’s their lifeline. Even though it’s 25 years old it’s been well looked after."
A witness who lives in Piggotts Way said: "I was in my house on that Saturday night when I heard a loud noise from outside. I looked out and saw the car jacked up on one side with a black Ford car – I think it was a Galaxy – behind it on the drive with its headlights on full.
"It was just dark and from my perspective I could make out three masked men wearing dark clothes with tools. One was under the car with some form of grinder/cutter and the others were running around the car."
Another witness, who was in a vehicle on her own drive, was too scared to get out when she saw what was happening. She called police.
The thieves drove off in a dark-coloured people carrier. Anyone with information should contact police quoting crime reference 41/33874/21.
A spokeswoman for Herts police said it could be linked to an incident in Mazoe Road on Tuesday May 11 when a group of four to five males were seen acting suspiciously, one appearing to have a baseball bat. Anyone with information should contact police quoting ISR 885.