Stolen Goods Discovered In Rental Car

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Possible stolen goods, including a collection of valuable basketball cards, were found after Payson Police officers Donald Garvin and Henry Thomason pulled over two men in a rental car.

A resident of South Greenfaire Circle noticed two men snooping around neighborhood homes and his car early Sunday morning, April 30, said PPD commander Don Engler.

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Payson Police Sgt. Donald Garvin and Officer Henry Thomason recovered property they suspect may be stolen in the rental car of two Valley men Sunday morning.

The resident reported the suspicious activity in the 300 block of South Greenfaire Circle to the police.

Two men were "approaching vehicles and walking through people's yards in that area," Engler said.

Garvin and Thomason responded and were able find one of the men from the description they received. They spotted the vehicle driving slowly on Palmer Street. The driver, Robert L. Scott of Mesa, had a suspended license and officers suspected he was driving under the influence due to his demeanor when they stopped him.

Once Scott was arrested, the law allows police to search the vehicle. They found a purse belonging to a Gilbert resident.

The other man, Matthew S. Clausen of Mesa, was apprehended as he was walking through yards.

Clausen claimed to have no knowledge of the purse or other items found in the car including credit cards not belonging to the suspects, golf clubs, a stereo, DVDs and cell phones.

Investigation by the PPD is continuing to determine if the items belong to Scott and/or Clausen or are stolen property related to burglaries in the Payson area or Gila County Sheriff's Department jurisdiction.

"We have not tied them to any local burglaries," Engler said. "The burglary that was solved is the one from Gilbert."

Scott and Clausen were each booked on possession of stolen property. Scott was also charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs.

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