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Port Coquitlam car fires sparked by attempted theft of vehicle parts

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Investigators now believe the fires were sparked after thieves allegedly tried to steal catalytic converters from parked vehicles.

Coquitlam RCMP say a pair of early morning vehicle fires were sparked by thieves who may have been trying to steal car parts. John Kenney / Postmedia

Coquitlam RCMP say a pair of early morning vehicle fires were sparked by thieves who may have been trying to steal car parts.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, Coquitlam police and firefighters were called to the 1000 block of Riverside Drive in Port Coquitlam for two cars that were on fire.

After the twin blazes were knocked down, police examined the vehicles, spoke to witnesses and collected surveillance footage. Investigators now believe the fires were sparked after thieves allegedly tried to steal catalytic converters from parked vehicles.

Catalytic converters are a part of a car’s exhaust system and converts toxic emissions into less harmful emissions. The parts retail from $100 up to $350 and are frequently stolen and sold as scrap metal.

Coquitlam police are now seeking four suspects and a getaway vehicle. The car is an dark-coloured, older style sedan carrying four men. One of the suspects is described as a tall, lanky man with a grey hoodie and a headlamp. Descriptions are not available for the other three suspects.

Police can’t say whether the Thursday morning attempted theft is linked to any other car part thefts but it will be a part of the investigation to determine whether there are any other connected cases.

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