OGDEN -- Two men have been arrested on charges of using an electronic stun gun to disable coin machines and steal the money inside.
Eric Loya, 28, of Pleasant View, and Robert McAndrew, 23, of Sunset, were in court Wednesday morning facing charges of burglary, attempted burglary, theft and criminal mischief. The men appeared for an arraignment before 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones.
The two were arrested Saturday after being caught in the act of stealing from a carwash, according to a police affidavit. They were also arrested for similar crimes that occurred Saturday in Pleasant View and South Ogden, where thieves used an electronic stun gun to disable coin machines and take money, according to affidavits from those cities.
Anna Bond, assistant public information officer for Roy Police Department, said the thieves "did significant damage to" the coin machine they were breaking into in Roy.
A probable cause affidavit filed in Roy states that police were notified when an alarm went off at the Chevron Excel Gas Station on the corner of 5600 South and 1900 West at 5:24 a.m. Saturday.
"As officers arrived, they found two males in a Suburban driving away from the carwash," states the affidavit. "They were stopped. Officers found that the carwash entry door was breached by force."
Officers checked the Chevron security cameras and found footage of a male wearing the same clothing as one of the suspects entering the carwash bay before the alarm was set off.
Officers found a pry bar with fresh scratches, a bag filled with $85 in quarters, gloves and a stun gun among other items in Loya's car.
The document states that both individuals, after being informed of their Miranda rights, admitted they both played a part in breaking into the carwash and many others around the county.
Both Pleasant View and South Ogden police reported similar crimes Saturday.
An affidavit filed by Pleasant View police states that the two were suspected of causing $3,000 in damage to a coin machine and a carwash door in that city. It states that the thieves may have gotten $50 to $200 in the crime.
Pleasant View Sgt. Jerry Anderson said in an interview that he questioned Loya and McAndrew when they were detained by Roy police and they confessed to damaging the coin machine at the Tesoro convenience store, 2686 N. Highway 89. He said they also confessed to theft and attempted burglary.
Anderson wrote that the suspects attempted to gain entrance into the carwash but were not successful.
A South Ogden affidavit states that the two were suspected of similar thefts at two locations there.