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Police: Joliet man cut inflatable rat after labor dispute with owners

Police arrested man on charge of criminal property damage

AN inflatable rat sits propped up in front of the Minooka Transportation Department on Thursday, Aug. 18, in Minooka.
AN inflatable rat sits propped up in front of the Minooka Transportation Department on Thursday, Aug. 18, in Minooka.

A Joliet man was arrested after an inflatable rat that was on top of a car in the 1600 block of Seward Road was cut and damaged, police said.

About 8:36 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the 1600 block of Seward Road after receiving a report of damage caused to an inflatable rat that was on top of a car parked in the street, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said in an email.

Owners of the inflatable rat apparently have been in a “labor dispute” with Jan Prachar, 44, who lives on Seward Road. Botzum said Prachar cut the inflatable rat, causing damage to it.

Prachar was arrested on a charge of criminal damage to property. After Prachar was arrested, he then was released on his own recognizance.

Botzum did not answer questions about why Prachar cut the inflatable rat, who the owners were and why there was a dispute between Prachar and the owners.

About 10 a.m., while officers were responding to the inflatable rat incident, they determined Christopher Packley, 36, of Lakeview, Arkansas, who was on Seward Road, had two valid warrants for his arrest. Botzum said Packley had warrants from Kendall and Livingston counties.

Packley was arrested, booked and then taken to the Kendall County jail.

Botzum did not respond to questions on what the warrants were for, if he was one of the owners of the inflatable rat or if he was associated with Prachar.

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