Quincy Men accused of stealing catalytic converters
A suspicious vehicle report led to the arrest of two men from Quincy in Hancock County Thursday morning.
Sheriff Travis Duffy said MPs received a report from a Carthage countryside owner of a suspicious vehicle and two suspicious men on his property shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.
An investigation found the two men, Cory Mefford, 34, and Joseph Hardy, 33, both of Quincy, were attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle on the property and were in possession of burglary tools.
Further investigation revealed that the two had stolen catalytic converters elsewhere in Hancock County and neighboring jurisdictions.
Mefford and Hardy were taken to Hancock County Jail on charges of theft over $ 500, criminal trespassing on real estate and possession of burglary tools.
The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be laid.
An early traffic stop Thursday morning led to the arrest of a Warsaw man on active warrants and methamphetamine charges.
Hancock County Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that an assistant on patrol in Hamilton performed a traffic stop at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
An investigation found that a passenger in the car, Bradford Howren, 38, had an outstanding Hancock County arrest warrant for driving with revocation and driving without insurance.
A search of the car revealed more than five grams of methamphetamine.
The driver of the car was released.
Howren was taken to Hancock County Jail, where he posted bond and was released.