Man Arrested For Construction Site Thefts

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A Department of Public Safety officer’s intuition paid off Monday when a 42-year-old Payson man was arrested on charges of burglary for reportedly taking several items from a construction site.

Peter Kenna was arrested on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, said the Payson Police Department in a press release.

On Nov. 19, DPS Officer Tony McDaniel was in the 700 block of South Ridgeway around 9 p.m., when he noticed a man in a new home construction site.

“Officer McDaniel observed the male quickly get into a pickup and drive off,” the press release states. McDaniel took down the license plate number and notified the Payson Police Department.

Four days later, on Nov. 23, several items were taken from the same site where McDaniel had seen the man. PPD and DPS located the truck the man was driving in the 200 block of North Granite Drive.

Through surveillance, Kenna was seen unloading items from his truck to a home.

As Kenna left the home, officers pulled him over and asked to search the truck.

“Consent was given to search the vehicle and through their investigation, officers determined there were stolen items in the vehicle that were from the Scottsdale area,” the press release states.

In an interview with Payson Det. Mike McAnerny, Kenna admitted to taking items from the Ridgeway home.

In a search of Kenna’s home and truck, officers found stolen items from the Payson and Scottsdale area. Officers also found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools.

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