Georgetown police are investigating the theft of engine components from Toyota's factory.
Police have a suspect, an ex-contractor who was able to get in because his identification tag had not been deactivated, police Lt. Robert Swanigan said.
The automaker reported the thefts to police Monday after noticing discrepancies in inventory, Swanigan said.
Police found some of the stolen engine components at an area scrap yard, where they apparently were sold by the thief, Swanigan said.
The thief and possibly an accomplice would find the engine components, load them up, take them out to the fenced boundary and throw them over it to be picked up later, Swanigan said. They apparently were interrupted during one of the thefts, Swanigan said, because components were found at the fence.
Toyota is reviewing surveillance footage of that area. Police expect to arrest the suspect on theft charges within the next day or so, Swanigan said.
Toyota spokesman Rick Hesterberg said the company has not disclosed the value of the engine components taken.
The sprawling plant, which is Toyota's largest in North America, had a similar theft last year, when a contractor stole catalytic converters. That person was arrested on felony charges, Swanigan said.