APACHE JUNCTION —Two men were arrested after a police officer observed them in the parking lot of a hardware store moments after it had been burglarized.

At about 11 p.m. on Feb. 2, Richard Alex Padilla, 44, of Tolleson and Jeffrey Charles Schomer, 42, of Gilbert were arrested on suspicion of third-degree burglary.

The arrest occurred when Apache Junction Police Department Officer Joe Lucero observed the two men in the Ace Hardware parking lot in the 700 block of West Apache Trail.

The men were standing next to a truck and allegedly were behaving suspiciously as Lucero drove by. When Lucero contacted the men, he noticed a cash register tray and several fishing poles that still had the sales tags attached to them inside the truck. Sales receipts from Bass Addict Tackle and Coffee Shop were observed in the cash tray. AJPD officers then went to the shop in the 1000 block of South Idaho Road and discovered that the front door had been smashed in with a river rock.

Both Schomer and Padilla were arrested and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, where they were booked on a charge of third-degree burglary.

The stolen property was subsequently inventoried and turned over to the owners of Bass Addict Tackle and Coffee Shop. Over $4,500 of property and cash had been stolen from the store.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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