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Victim left living 'on edge' after thieves target car
5:00pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A METAL theft victim says he is living “on edge” in his own home after callous thieves stole a catalytic converter from his car.
Trevor Harris,of Stourport, said he had been unable to sleep since the device was taken from his Mitsubishi Shogun while it was parked on the driveway of his Redstone Lane home.
The 60-year-old told The Shuttle his nights were now spent looking through his bedroom window to see if anyone was “lurking” about outside his property following the theft, between 9pm on Thursday, August 22 and 9am the next day.
The culprits are believed to have got under his car and cut out the converter – part of the exhaust system – for the rare metals it contained.
Mr Harris said he first realised the device, worth £300, had been stolen after his daughter spotted “something hanging down” from his car on the morning of Friday,August 23.
“I went and had a look and knew exactly what had happened,” he said. “The floorpan was on the floor with five bolts. I felt very, very angry when I realised. The inconvenience just makes you feel low – I’m livid.
“It’s always the innocent people who suffer from someone else’s gain for scrap. I’ve got all the stress and trauma and inconvenience. The thieves have got no consideration for anyone.”
Mr Harris has also hit out at police who, he claimed, refused to come out to investigate because there was no forensic evidence.
“All the police said was ‘if you get any more information left us know’, so I’m practically doing their detective work,” said Mr Harris.
“It’s crime at the end of the day.
I’ve paid my tax and insurance all my life and no-one’s doing anything.”
He said he wanted to warn other people to be vigilant, adding he was so shaken by the theft he was considering installing CCTV outside his home.
He has also had to fork out £100 excess for his car insurance for the repairs after being quoted £1,000 by a local garage.
“I feel sorry for anyone who has been in the same position,” said Mr Harris. “I have been left on edge because, since then, I cannot sleep. I want people to be aware of it because I don’t think the police are doing enough.”
A West Mercia Police spokeswoman confirmed they were investigating the theft.
Inspector Paul Crowley said: “Thefts of catalytic converters from the underside of vehicles usually provide little forensic evidence and we have to prioritise against other offences.”
He said it was believed the device was being sold to scrap metal dealers, adding officers had visited scrapyards as part of their inquiries.
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