POLICE are warning car owners to beware following a spate of thefts of catalytic converters.
The thieves crawl under vehicles and steal the catalytic portion of the exhaust, leaving the vehicles disabled. Sprinter vans, estate cars and people carriers have all been targeted.
Fourteen thefts have been reported in the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse area in the past three months, including one in Benson and two in Watlington.
Catalytic converters have a high scrap value due to the metal coating which contains precious metals including platinum.