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Garda warning €3k worth of catalytic convertors and car batteries seized in Tipperary

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Member of Garda Siochana. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Member of Garda Siochana. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Member of Garda Siochana. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Gardai have warned the public to be on the lookout after €3,000 worth of catalytic convertors and car batteries were seized in Tipperary.

The discovery was made after gardaí from the Burglary Response Unit on patrol in the Cappawhite area stopped a van at around 7pm on Saturday.

Officers carried out a search of the van and discovered 16 catalytic convertors and five car batteries.

Gardaí believe that these items may have been stolen and they were seized pending further enquiries.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is ongoing.

Crime Prevention Officer for the Tipperary Division, Sergeant Tom O'Dwyer said: "There has been an increase in catalytic converter theft from 2019-2020.

"Palladium, which is contained in catalytic convertors, is priced high and is driving this trend.

"The public are urged to park their cars in secure, well lit areas, and to report any suspicious activity to their local Gardaí.

"Anyone who has had a catalytic converter or any other part of their vehicle stolen, I would urge them to report it to their local Garda station."

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