Three charged in the multi-million dollar Chicago stolen property scrap metal case


Sebastian Sierra

Three charged in Chicago's multi-million dollar stolen property case. Materials, which include tree grates, sewer covers, sewer construction rings, fire hydrant caps and brass rings, are sitting in the scrap yard of Industrial Metal Enterprise (IME), 901 N. Kilpatrick Ave.


Kenneth Thrane

The owner of IME, Sebastian Sierra, 40, is sitting in the Cook County Jail with a $100,000 bail required to be bonded out. Sierra is from Hardwood Heights and is charged with two counts of felony theft-control of stolen property and burglary.


Eric Kowalczyk

The two men arrested in the 5000 W. block of Pensacola Ave. as they were taking tree grates were also charged. Kenneth Thrane, 38, of Chicago is facing two counts of felony theft-control of stolen property and is in Cook County Jail with a $90,000 bond required for his release. Eric Kowalczyk, 55, of Bartlett, Il, was charged with felony theft-control of stolen property and has apparently bonded out.

According to 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, "The Police Dept. has secured the site and various city agencies are involved in the ongoing investigation of the stolen property. Some of the property is damaged beyond repair but we are working to assess the pieces that are useable. As many of you know, the ward has been hit by thieves numerous times on residential and main streets. Thanks to the 16th District officers who broke up this metal theft ring.

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