Police Bust Alleged Car Thief, Burglar

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Payson Police caught up with a 21-year-old man who allegedly stole a truck from the Star Valley Circle K early Thursday morning.

"The owner had gone into Circle K around 4 a.m. and left his truck running," Gila County Sheriff's Sgt. Craig Smith said. "He came out and it was gone. He didn't see anyone around the store."

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Payson police officer Joni Varga searches a stolen work truck recovered Thursday morning. The owner stopped at Circle K in Star Valley around 4 a.m. and came out to find his truck had been stolen.

Payson Police Officer Mike Varga was on duty when he heard about the truck.

"I waited, thinking he would come westbound into town, but he didn't."

Sheriff's deputies also were not able to find the stolen truck which was actually a work truck from a radiator business that had magnetic signs on it.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., Varga, who was off duty, spotted the stolen truck with the signs still on it in the Auto Zone parking lot.

"I called dispatch and let them know," Varga said. "I followed him in my personal vehicle so I could let officers know. He went down Granite Dells Road and that's when officers came and pulled him over."

Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero said it looked like the suspect, Charles L. Seevers of Colorado, was going to try to evade arrest, but did pull over.

"After he got out of the car, I started patting him down and found some drug paraphernalia common with (intravenous) drug users," Mamero said. "I asked him if he had any needles on him and he became evasive. I found a syringe in a hidden pocket in his jacket sleeve."

Besides drug paraphernalia, officers found items from a vehicle burglary that occurred in town Wednesday.

Seevers was charged by Payson police with possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. More charges are pending from the county.

Mamero said the case is still under investigation.

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