PHOENIX -- Two men suspected in numerous burglaries in an area west of Casa Grande were caught red-handed Monday morning.
At 1:05 a.m., a Pinal County Sheriff's Office detective observed Jason Mathew Klidy, 33, of Stanfield, Ariz., leave the driver's seat of a yellow 2007 pick-up truck that was parked outside of a Stanfield business. He said he then heard "metal on metal" banging noises.
His accomplice, 47-year-old Alan Ray Church, also of Stanfield, then helped him load two stolen electric engines into the truck bed, before driving away.
Detectives pulled the duo over as part of a traffic stop, where they saw the engines in the back. Both men were taken to the local PCSO station, where Church admitted to his involvement in the theft.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said stealing metal is common for meth addicts:
"They steal hundreds of dollars worth of metal, yet destroy machinery resulting in more significant financial loss," he said. "Jason Klidy and Alan Church thought they could steal like thieves in the night. They will now be behind bars and face penalties for their crimes."
Both men have been arrested and charged with burglary and theft.