APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Two Chicago men are due back in court next week, for allegedly stealing catalytic converters from vehicles in Grand Chute.
Converter thefts were recently said to be on the rise in the Fox Valley, as thieves sell them to scrap dealers for the precious metals they contained.
29-year-old Quintohn Holmes and 25-year-old Reese Bell were charged in Outagamie County this week with 8 felony counts of property damage, and seven charges of misdemeanor theft. Bell was also charged with obstructing police for giving them a fake name.
Authorities said the case was cracked last week. A witness told police he saw a man trying to steal his catalytic converter -- and he left in a white van that a detective tracked down with a GPS monitor.
Officers then received reports of other catalytic converter thefts, and the van was later found in Fond du Lac with 8 stolen converters inside.
Both defendants were in jail at last word, under $10,000 bonds. Bell is due back in court next Wednesday. Holmes has a preliminary hearing set for next Thursday.