Suspect Comes Out With Socks Up


Two teen-agers -- one wearing white socks on his hands -- were arrested Tuesday at a home in Pine and charged with burglary and violation of probation.

Gila County Sheriff's deputies caught 19-year-old Richard Crago and 17-year-old Elisa Hayes, both of Pine, in a garage Tuesday morning after a sharp-eyed off-duty police officer from Phoenix spotted them.

The officer saw two teen-agers walking along his neighbor's driveway, Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Cronk said, and he knew his neighbor wasn't home. The officer watched as the teens crossed onto an adjacent lot to the south and asked his wife to call 9-1-1 while he kept an eye on them.

Cronk said he and deputy Tim Scott "hot-footed" it to Pine, and when he arrived at the house on Bradshaw Road he heard banging noises coming from the back.

The deputy said that as he walked toward the noise, Crago, who was wearing bib-overalls, no shirt and white socks, walked out of the garage, Cronk said.

Just as the deputy ordered Crago to lay on the ground, Hayes walked out of the garage.

Upon investigation, Cronk said he found that the garage door had been kicked in, the phone line had been cut and the door to the house had been damaged in what he said appeared to be an attempt to get in. A door to the neighboring house had also been kicked in.

Cronk said both teens had flashlights and Crago had a screwdriver and drug paraphernalia. Crago is being held in the Gila County Jail in Payson. Hayes is being held in the Gila County Juvenile Detention Center in Globe.

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