Geneva and Batavia police reports this week included one arrest for scrap-metal theft and one report of theft.
Scrap-metal thefts in general have been on the rise nationwide, in part because of a down economy and the relatively healthy prices for scrap. Thieves have become more daring, as well. In recent weeks, the area has seen reports of, Catalytic Converters Stolen at 2 St. Charles Businesses and a well-known 9-foot horse-and-knight sculpture stolen from Randall Road.
ARREST for Attempted Theft Under $500—Geneva police arrested BenitezGiovanni, 33, of St. Charles on a charge of theft under $500 for attempting to attempted to take scrap metal March 9 from Preventive Maintenance, 2525Kaneville Court, Geneva, reports said. According to a complaint in the 16thJudicial Court, Benitez attempted to place scrap metal into the rear of his vehicle. Benitez was arrested around 11:41 a.m. March 9 and his 1990 F150 was towed to Duke and Lee’s Auto Service. He has a court date of April 23 at the Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road.
Theft Over $500—Someone took homemade steel flatbed trailer ramps, blue in color, valued at $800 from drilling unlimited, 534 S. River St., sometime within two weeks of March 14, Batavia police reports said.
- Police Make Arrest for Scrap Metal Theft—a Crime on the Rise
- Another Scrap Metal Theft Reported
- More Draining Grates Taken From the Rear of Randall Road Stores
- Catalytic Converters Stolen at 2 St. Charles Businesses
- Possible Counterfeit $100 Bill Passed at Pizza Place
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