Man arrested after stealing and selling ex-girlfriend’s vehicle exhaust system
LANSDALE >> A 37 year-old man has been arrested in Lansdale on theft and related charges for allegedly cutting a large segment of the exhaust system of the car of his estranged girlfriend and sell it to a scrap yard, police said.
Brian Joseph Beck, Jr., of the 400 block of Pierce Street, was arrested on November 12 and processed in the district court on misdemeanor charges of theft, theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and damage to property Others.
Lansdale police said in an affidavit of probable cause that on November 7, officers were sent to a residence in the city to a report of vandalism to a vehicle, and upon arrival met with a visibly upset woman, who said when she had launched his truck had been very strong, and when it was found that the escape was missing.
The woman said a friend found the catalytic converter and muffler had been cut, along with the exhaust pipes, and she told police she thought Beck, a mechanic, was responsible because he had previously threatened to damage their vehicles during domestic disputes, according to the affidavit.
Police checked the vehicle parts missing, noting that it had been cut with a saw tool type, and said they were told by the woman that Beck could have used a cutting power tools to cut the pieces away while she was away his house the day before the state court documents.
Investigators went to a junkyard area and were told by the owner that a man came on the morning of November 6 with a system and catalytic converter exhaust and paid $ 100 for the parties during a transaction in which the man identified as “John Stoner,” according to the affidavit.
Police confiscated the parties and correspond them with the missing woman’s vehicle parts and determined that vehicle repairs would cost between $ 1,000- $ 1,200 affidavit states.
The junkyard owner took the photo of Beck off a series of shots at the headquarters of the Lansdale police as the man who sold the parts, according to court documents.
Beck is committed to Correctional Facility Montgomery County, instead of $ 10,000 cash bail and was ordered by a judge to have no contact with the victim as one of its conditions of non-monetary bail, according to the documents.
It is due in Lansdale District Court on November 24 for a preliminary hearing in the matter.