The recent arrest of two local 17-year-olds on burglary and theft charges stemming from stolen soda from a vending machine led police to an apartment containing numerous stolen goods that could solve a string of burglaries in Payson.
Police discovered the apartment after a simple traffic stop led to the arrest of two teens, Payson Police Chief Don Engler said.
Police were tipped off Jan. 4 around 10 p.m., after Officer Jesse Davies stopped a vehicle for an out tail light in the 200 block of N. Beeline Highway.
While Davies was speaking with the driver, he noticed a number of unopened soda cans in the back of the vehicle along with a crowbar, Engler said.
Davies became suspicious and after further questioning of the driver, learned the cans were stolen from a vending machine at the Best Western, Engler said.
A passenger in the car reportedly stole the cans. Davies arrested two of the 17-year-old passengers in the car, but not the driver, on charges of third degree burglary, theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The teens were taken to the Globe Detention Facility.
On Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m., Payson Police obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 100 block of West Airport Road. While searching the apartment, police discovered several items of property that could be tied to multiple burglaries in the area, Engler said.
Engler estimated the stolen goods could be tied to at least 10 burglaries going back more than a year. Detectives are currently sorting through the items and police records to determine any matches.