WOODSTOCK – A fingerprint led investigators to a Milwaukee man who was charged with theft from a Woodstock car dealership, police said.
William J. Czarnecki, 42, of 2759 N. 26th St., Milwaukee, was charged with theft of more than $10,000, a Class 2 felony, in connection with the October incident.
Police said 26 diesel particulate filters were removed from new and used Ford trucks at the Bull Valley Ford dealership at 1460 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock.
These parts are attached to a vehicle’s exhaust system and are designed to remove diesel matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine.
Police said the value of the parts was about $125,000.
Bull Valley Ford owner Jack Cronan said at the time of the theft that he assumed whoever removed the filters sold them for the platinum in the parts. Dismounting the items requires significant time and the use of power tools, police have said. Sgt. Chip Amati with the Woodstock Police Department said there could be other arrests made, and that the local police department is working with investigators in Wisconsin on similar crimes.
Czarnecki was arrested in Wisconsin, and is awaiting an extradition hearing.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit assisted with the arrest.
– Chelsea McDougall