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Contractor Seriously Injured During Bucket Truck Theft: Beaumont

BEAUMONT, CA — A stretch of Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont remained closed Thursday as police investigated a bizarre bucket truck theft that seriously injured a contractor who was thrown from the bucket while the thief made a getaway.

The incident began around 3 a.m. Thursday as the contractor was working at Beaumont Avenue and Oak Valley Parkway. A vehicle thief slipped into the truck — while the contractor was in the extended bucket — and drove off, according to the Beaumont Police Department.

The suspect continued along Oak Valley Parkway as the bucket and contractor careened into power lines and other utility cables. The worker was eventually thrown from the apparatus and seriously injured, according to police.

The suspect ended up crashing the truck into a tree at Cherry Avenue then fled the area. There were no updates on a suspect description or a possible arrest.

Crews were working to make repairs to damaged lines along the roadway. There was no immediate word on a reopening time.

Several areas within Beaumont were affected by power outages due to the damaged lines, police confirmed.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Beaumont Police Department’s on-duty watch commander at 951-769-8500.

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Joliet contractor facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel is facing new arrest warrants and new accusations from two customers who said they paid him for home renovations that were never completed.

Joliet contractor facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

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Hisel has been the subject of multiple I-Team investigations, dating back to 2014.

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I-Team: Unfinished basements

“From the day the warrant was issued, Joseph Hisel has been on the run and we don’t currently know where he’s at,” said Detective Sergeant Chris Altiery, Braidwood Police Department.

Hisel has been charged with and convicted of theft and home repair fraud, with accusations from many unhappy customers.

Joliet contractor ordered to pay back homeowner

His two most recent charges are in Will County. A Braidwood resident said he gave Hisel a $975 down payment for a decking job in April but never heard from Hisel again so he turned to police.

“He got on Facebook and he found a company called Home Repairs for Less. He did the proper amount of vetting, he thought, looked into them and they appeared to be legitimate,” said Altiery.

Altiery said Hisel signed his work-proposal “J.H.”, so at first, police didn’t know who they were dealing with.

“My victim in this case, says, ‘Hey, I believe I know who this person is’. He comes into the police station, and he actually shows me a picture of Joseph Hisel from the ABC7 I-Team, when they did their story back in 2017. So he found his perpetrator,” he said.

The Braidwood warrant was issued in August. A second warrant was issued for Hisel in New Lenox for a separate allegation of home repair theft.

Hisel previously pleaded guilty in four other cases in various counties the Chicago area, all for theft and home

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Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

JOLIET, Ill. (WLS) — Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel is facing new arrest warrants and new accusations from two customers who said they paid him for home renovations that were never completed.

Hisel has been the subject of multiple I-Team investigations, dating back to 2014.

I-Team: Unfinished basements

“From the day the warrant was issued, Joseph Hisel has been on the run and we don’t currently know where he’s at,” said Detective Sergeant Chris Altiery, Braidwood Police Department.

Hisel has been charged with and convicted of theft and home repair fraud, with accusations from many from unhappy customers.

Joliet contractor ordered to pay back homeowner

His two most recent charges are in Will County. A Braidwood resident said he gave Hisel a $975 down payment for a decking job in April but never heard from Hisel again so he turned to police.

“He got on Facebook and he found a company called Home Repairs for Less. He did the proper amount of vetting, he thought, looked into them and they appeared to be legitimate,” said Altiery.

Altiery said Hisel signed his work-proposal “J.H.”, so at first, police didn’t know who they were dealing with.

“My victim in this case, says, ‘Hey, I believe I know who this person is’. He comes into the police station, and he actually shows me a picture of Joseph Hisel from the ABC7 I-Team, when they did their story back in 2017. So he found his perpetrator,” he said.

The Braidwood warrant was issued in August. A second warrant was issued for Hisel in New Lenox for a separate allegation of home repair theft.

Hisel previously pleaded guilty in four other cases in various counties the Chicago area, all for theft and home repair fraud.

Contractor pleads guilty in 4 counties

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San Marcos police looking for duo after hardware store theft – News – Austin American-Statesman

Police are looking for a man and a woman who stole a large amount of electrical wiring from a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in San Marcos on Sept. 13.

The pair left in a gray four-door car, San Marcos police said in a Monday Facebook post. Police also provided photos of the man they believe was responsible for the theft in their social media post.

Authorities said the man, who is wearing a blue shirt, light blue pants and white athletic shoes in police photos, had an ankle monitor on his left leg. The device is commonly used by law enforcement probation and parole departments.

San Marcos police said they are waiting for responses from multiple probation and parole departments for possible identification of the man in the photos.

“It is possible this suspect is not from San Marcos and may have traveled here to commit this crime. The likelihood of this is certainly increased, given our location on the (Interstate 35) corridor,” police said in the Facebook post.

The man in the photos has identifiable tattoos, including two lightning bolts on his left arm, and a skull on his left calf.

Police said the woman who joined the man in the theft appeared to have been dyeing her hair to a darker color.

Those who may have information regarding the incident or the identity of those believed to be responsible are asked to call San Marcos police at 512-754-2217 or email PJackson@sanmarcostx.gov.

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