Deputy Catches Thieves Red Faced And Red Handed

Suspected catalytic converter thieves caught stealing along the road.

Patrolling Platteview Road near 96th street about six thirty this morning, Deputy. Mary Synowiecki observed two males working under a 2007 Chevrolet Truck along the side of the road. Deputy. Synowiecki stopped and asked the two what they were doing. The truck was already sitting missing one of the tires and she was suspicious as to their actions. Dep. Ben Leenerts arrived and once the two males were separated they had conflicting stories as to where they were coming from and who owned the truck they were working on.

During the investigation, Dep. Leenerts crawled under the truck and observed the catalytic convertor had been cut off of the vehicle. The owner of the truck also arrived and advised that he had left the truck at that location after removing a flat tire the night before.

After the two were placed in custody, their truck was towed to the Sarpy County tow lot. During an inventory of their vehicle, two large machine batteries were observed in the bed of the truck. The batteries were reported stolen from a farm at 49th and Capehart Road.

The two suspects are identified as 50 year old Frank Ciconte of Omaha, and 29 year old Shawn Halderman of Louisville.

Ciconte and Halderman have been charged with Attempted Theft over $1500, Criminal Mischief over $1500 and Theft.

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