Man charged with stealing parts from cars at dealership

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Nico Savidge
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
JANESVILLE—A Milwaukee man police say cut the catalytic converters out of three pickup trucks parked at a Milton Avenue car dealership was scheduled to appear in Rock County Court on Wednesday.
William J. Czarnecki Jr., 43, of Milwaukee, has been with charged theft of movable property and criminal damage to property, court records show.
Czarnecki stole the parts, which contain precious metals, from Dodge Ram pickup trucks parked at the Frank Boucher Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in June of 2012, according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities believe he cut the trucks' brake lines and exhaust pipes to get out the converters, according to the complaint.
Each converter was valued at about $5,400, a dealership manager told police, and repairs to the trucks cost $855 apiece.
The state crime lab matched a fingerprint found on the driveshaft of one of the trucks to Czarnecki, authorities said.
By the time Janesville police received word there was a match for the print, Czarnecki had been arrested in Sheboygan County, where police say he stole about 20 catalytic converters from trucks at a dealership, according to the complaint.
Czarnecki pleaded not guilty in April to four felony counts in that 2012 incident, including theft of movable property, criminal damage to property and two counts of bail jumping in Sheboygan County.
Czarnecki was scheduled for an adjourned initial appearance in Rock County Court on Wednesday.

Last updated: 6:05 pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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