Two Waupaca teens are accused of breaking into a trailer and stealing catalytic converters.
Dakota J. Contrereas, 18, and Strahan F. Stocks, 17, are charged with burglary and felony theft.
On May 22, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Clint Thobaben met with the owner of Jerry Coerper Recycling on County Trunk Q in Farmington.
Coerper said hundreds of catalytic converters, radiators and radiator cores had been stacked into a padlocked trailer on May 18. Now more than 100 catalytic converters and the padlock were missing.
According to the criminal complaint, Contrereas sold two catalytic converters to Alter Materials Recycling in Waupaca on May 19, while Stocks sold two converters to Alter Material Recycling and three to Seigel Auto and Recycling in Ogdensburg on May 22.
On May 23, Thobaben spoke with Contrereas, who admitted that he and another person took the converters. Later that same day, Contrereas brought a barrel filled with 19 catalytic converters into the sheriff’s office.
Stocks told Thobaben that he and Contrereas went into the salvage yard around midnight and loaded 26 converters from the trailer into the back of Contrereas’ truck, the complaint says.
Contrereas appeared in court on Aug. 8 and was released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he have no contact with Coerper’s Salvage Yard or Stocks.
Stocks has been summoned to appear in court on Aug. 22.