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Catalytic converter thieves nabbed near hatton during overnight proactive patrols

Reference:  County Road 245 incident, search, and arrests

Arrested persons:

Vincent Acosta, 56, of Mexico, MO

Wesley Preston, 59, of Columbia, MO

On February 11, 2021, at 2:02 AM, a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputy was proactively patrolling County Road 245.  During the patrol, the deputy came upon a vehicle parked, unoccupied at a rural cemetery near the County Road 282 intersection.

Based on findings at the scene, the deputy believed criminal activity was afoot in the area.  Additional deputies, including a Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, responded to assist.  Through further investigation, deputies confirmed a stealing/property damage offense (attempted theft of catalytic converter from a resident’s vehicle) had indeed just occurred at a nearby residence.  It was determined two suspects had fled on foot and remained in the area.

During the course of an extensive search, at 3:16 AM, Vincent Acosta, 56, of Mexico, MO was located on foot near the area of County Road 2002 and arrested.  As the search continued for several more hours, deputies eventually located Wesley Preston, 59, of Columbia, MO on foot near County Road 262 at 6:08 AM.  Preston was arrested.

The Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney has formally charged both Acosta and Preston with felony Property Damage and Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.  Preston was additionally charged with a drug related offense.  Both remain in-custody at the Callaway County Jail pending bond post.

Sheriff Clay Chism provided the statement, “This is another example of exemplary performance by deputies as demonstrated through proactive patrols and investigations. “

End of media release.