Thieves Target City Trucks

Thieves stole catalytic converters from two trucks owned by the City of Willow Springs last weekend, confirms Willow Springs Police Chief Bryan Hogan. Employees at the City’s wastewater treatment plant noticed a missing catalytic converter from a newly purchased sludge truck on Saturday night, January 8. It was apparent the thieves attempted but failed to take the same part from the department’s older sludge truck as well.
According to figures presented at the November City Council meeting, the new sludge truck was an investment of an estimated $140,000 of ARPA funds. A repair estimate for the damage caused was not available by press time. 
Wastewater supervisor Rob Rackley set up cameras in the locked parking lot at the facility, and these cameras observed a male subject steal the catalytic converter from the older vehicle between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. the following day. 
Surveillance photos of the suspect were published online, and a tip received on January 13 positively identified the man in the footage. 
Assistant Chief Wes Ellison interviewed the subject, and as a result of that interview, charges are expected to issue from the Howell County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
As of press time, those formal charges have not been filed. This is a developing story. Updates will be published as they become available.
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