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Two men arrested in connection with Grand Chute car part thefts

GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - Grand Chute police say two men from Illinois have been arrested for allegedly stealing car parts in the town.

Over the weekend, Quintohn Holmes and Reese Bell were taken into custody in connection with the catalytic converter thefts.

Each were charged with over a dozen counts, including 8 felonies on Monday.

According to Grand Chute police, the suspects were caught in Fond du Lac, thanks to a tip from police in Illinois.

The thefts have been on going since summer. Thieves sell the catalytic converters because they're made of precious metals like platinum.

Officers say Illinois police have been tracking the suspects for a while.

"We're told there's a possible ring down in Illinois and we don't even know how many people are involved there. We thought it was just the two as of yesterday, but with more people coming forward it's probably a bigger ring," Amanda Gollner with the Grand Chute Police Department tells FOX 11.

Gollner says since the suspects have been in jail, about 12 people have reported their converters were stolen in the past 24 hours.

If you have any information, call the Grand Chute Police Department at (920) 832-1575.