Watertown police arrest final suspects in car parts thefts

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Watertown Police Detectives have arrest the last two suspects linked to the thefts of car parts that had been stolen from the Watertown and Wolcott area.

The investigation first started in July when 20 tires and their rims were stolen off of vehicles from County Line Nissan in Middlebury.

Officials were alerted by Wolcott police that one a van from their town had been stolen. That vehicle was equipped with GPS tracking which aided in the investigation.

William Gonzalez and his brother Jose Gonzalez were arrested by police after surveillance footage obtained by a search warrant showed the Waterbury-based brothers allegedly unloading what appeared to be tires and rims from the stolen van at Tony’s Tires and Wheels in Waterbury, owned by Tony Niemeyer.

After investigators obtained a search warrant for Niemeyer’s South Main Street business, they discovered the stolen tires from the Nissan dealership, as well as 24 tires and rims taken from Bradshaw Jeep in Oakville.

The total value of the recovered property is estimated at $80,000.

William Gonzalez has been charged with larceny in the third, larceny in the first degree, and criminal mischief in the first degree. He is being held on $50,000 bond and appeared in Waterbury Superior Court Thursday.

Jose Gonzalez was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree, larceny in the first degree, and criminal mischief in the first degree. He is also being held on a $50,000 bond and appeared in Waterbury Superior Court Thursday.

Niemeyer had been arrested on charges of larceny in the first degree on July 10.

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