BROOKINGS – Brookings Police are looking into evidence left at the scene where a pickup truck was damaged and a piece was stolen off of it, Lt. Marci Gebers said.
The theft and intentional damage were reported at 7:50 a.m. Friday, Gebers said. The truck had been parked in the 3100 block of Prince Drive when the incident occurred between 8 p.m. Thursday and when the reporting party called the police.
“(The reporting party) had noticed the exhaust sounded extremely loud on the pickup. When he looked underneath, he noticed the exhaust piping had been cut and the catalytic converter had been taken,” Gebers said.
“There was also an item that was left behind by the suspect. We will be processing that for any fingerprints or DNA,” Gebers said.
An approximate cost for the catalytic converter was estimated at $900, Gebers said. Since felony charges start at $1,000, this case could result in felony charges, “depending on the price of the exhaust piping and to replace the catalytic converter,” she said.
Gebers said there were no suspects at this time, but there were avenues of investigation.
“We’ll be checking into any video surveillance that would be in the area,” she said.
“I know that there have been some other law enforcement agencies that have had similar incidents occur,” Gebers said, adding the other agencies were outside Brookings County.
If anyone has information or video, contact the Brookings Police at 692-2113, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or call 692-STOP (7867).