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Dozens of engine components stolen from Toyota plant

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Georgetown Police say they're closing in on a former contractor at Toyota who stole more than a dozen engine components from the plant.

Detectives say their investigation stared Monday when officials at the Toyota plant called saying they'd noticed a drop in their engine block inventory.

Investigators say surveillance video showed a former contractor at the plant, who's key card was still working, coming in and taking the aluminum engine blocks. Police say in the video, you can see the man dumping the engines over a fence, where he'd come back later an pick them up. Police believe the suspect would then go to sell them at scrap yards.

"Yesterday, our detectives recovered 12 aluminum heads at scrapyards," Lt. Robert Swanigan of the Georgetown Police Department said. "I think we have a good lead on some others."

Police say they've gotten several of the engine blocks back, but Toyota can never use them. It's expected to cost the company thousands.

"The ones that were taken were in various stages of completion, so that's going to really effect their value. Right now, they are estimating, and this is a true estimate, between 20 and 30-thousand dollars," said Swanigan.

Police say they know who they're looking for, but are not releasing the former employee's name because the investigation is still going.

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