Men stole 20 truck tires, police say

Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.

Two men were arrested Saturday morning after being discovered with 20 stolen tires in the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church at 4000 NW 53rd Ave.

Jason Vargas, 27, and Joseph Johnson, 21, broke into the fenced-in compound of Hollander’s Hydraulics at 5516 NW 13th St. and stole numerous semi-truck tires, police said. The two men would roll the tires over the fence, where a tree had naturally fallen, and passed them to a 16-year-old accomplice who loaded the tires into a pickup truck.

Vargas, of 2056 NW 55 Blvd., would then drive the tires to the church where the men would cut the rubber from the metal, which could then be sold for scrap. The three men had already dropped off four loads, approximately $2,000 worth of tires, when they were discovered by police.

Johnson, who lives at 6726 NW 26th Terrace, is currently on state felony probation for burglary of a structure and criminal mischief.

Vargas and Johnson were arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

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