Two men, one arrested by sheriff's deputies, are accused of burglarizing a home in Pine to raise money to bail out friends -- also held on theft charges -- in a Phoenix jail.
Deputies arrested Dylan Carter, 29 of Peoria, Jan. 13. His accomplice, Timothy Green, 21, is still at large. Both men have connections to the Payson area.
Detective Brian Havey of the Gila County Sheriff's Office said Carter and Green stole $6,000 to $7,000 worth of electronics equipment and antiques from a part-time resident's home.
"These two masterminded this thing to get their friends out of jail," Havey said. "We recovered half. We do know that (Green) has the other half of the items and they were taken to the Valley and fenced."
Carter is charged with five felonies: theft, burglary, trafficking stolen goods, possession of burglary tools and criminal damage. The Gila County Jail in Globe released Carter on his own recognizance Jan. 18.
The Pine burglary is related to two thefts in mid-January 2006.
Phoenix Police Department officers arrested three men: Joel Johnston, 30, of Payson; Russell Smith, 30, of Pine; Frank Fyda, 40, of Phoenix; and a 15-year-old female runaway Jan. 5 after officers videotaped the group unloading nearly $5,000 worth of construction equipment from a job site in Pine.
Deputies surmise Carter and Green were involved in a related Jan. 7 burglary in Whispering Pines. The suspects hauled off a garage full of power tools valued at $10,000.
Over the past several years, Carter has pleaded guilty to a handful of traffic and criminal misdemeanors.
Fyda and Johnston are in custody at the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix.
Fyda faces two felonies: possession of stolen property and probation violation. He is held without bail. Johnston, held on a $2,700 bond, is charged with possession of stolen property. Both suspects are scheduled to attend a pretrial hearing Feb. 27.
Meanwhile, Havey said the GCSO is recovering some of the stolen property and returning it to its rightful owners.
If anyone has information regarding this crime, please contact Havey at the Gila County Sheriff's Department, (928) 474-2208.