**** RCMP Media Release
RCMP charge man for multi-jurisdictional thefts of catalytic converters
The RCMP have charged a man related to an investigation of more than 90 thefts of catalytic converters in numerous communities across Hants County and the Halifax Regional Municipality.
On April 21 at approximately 7 a.m., members of the West Hants District RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit, in partnership with the East Hants District and Halifax District Street Crime Enforcement Units, executed a search warrant at a home in Windsor in relation to the thefts. As a result, police located several catalytic converters, tools to commit thefts, clothing and electronic devices. A 32-year-old man was arrested without incident.
Markus Benjamin Caldwell of Windsor, has been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000, Theft under $5,000, Mischief over $5,000 and Operation of a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited. He was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Windsor Provincial Court on June 29, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Further arrests and charges are anticipated. The investigation is continuing.
Police believe others were involved in these thefts and are asking that anyone with information related to these incidents in Hants County or the Halifax Regional Municipality to contact West Hants District RCMP at 902-798-2207. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
Thefts of catalytic converters costs thousands of dollars for victims to replace. In some cases, victims are never able to use their vehicles again as a result. This investigation highlights the ability of RCMP units to work together, across multiple jurisdictions, to complete investigations and, in this case, lay charges, in support of affected victims.