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Racine man allegedly stole catalytic converters worth $3,000 each from Caledonia business
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Racine man allegedly stole catalytic converters worth $3,000 each from Caledonia business

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CALEDONIA — A Racine man allegedly stole multiple catalytic converters worth $3,000 each from two box trucks.

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Roy McClinton Sr.

McClinton

Roy L. McClinton Sr., 50, of the 1300 block of Howe Street, was charged with two felony counts of bail jumping and a felony count of theft of movable property between $5,000-$10,000.

According to a criminal complaint:

On May 28, an officer was sent to Ideal Drywall, 5017 Seven Mile Road, for a report of a theft.

The brother of the business owner said that catalytic converters had been removed from two box trucks and that they were in proper condition the day before. The parts are valued at $3,000 each and each truck sustained about $500 in damage to the exhaust.

A catalytic converter is a device in an automobile designed to convert certain pollutants in the exhaust into harmless compounds by the action of a metal catalyst.

The owner provided a clip that showed a car pulling into the parking lot and backing up next to one of the trucks. The car then parked next to the other truck. The car was registered to McClinton.

A detective reportedly found McClinton and spoke to him about the incident. McClinton said that he wasn’t driving his truck on the day of the theft and he was asleep all day. He claimed he let a friend borrow the car, later saying he loaned it to his cousin and said he didn’t have the ability to get in touch with him. He said he usually drives around until he finds his cousin, despite saying earlier he was asleep all day.

The detective learned that McClinton did have a phone number for the cousin and that McClinton is usually driving the truck when he sells scrap metal. The detective noted that McClinton’s stories did not make sense, and continued to change as the conversation continued.

An employee of a scrapyard alleged that shady businesses are opening up that will buy catalytic converters.

In March, McClinton had appeared in Racine County Circuit Court and was eventually released from custody, pursuant to a $300 cash bond. Per the conditions of the bond, McClinton was to refrain from further criminal activity; McClinton violated his bond by allegedly committing theft.

McClinton was given a $400 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Friday. A status conference is set for June 10 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records show.

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