APACHE JUNCTION — In the early morning hours of Dec. 6, Adam Nordlow was captured by police in the act of burglarizing the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley.

According to an Apache Junction Police probable cause statement, Nordlow, 39, of Apache Junction, was arrested by police when they were patrolling the area and heard a “loud noise that sounded like a chain being dropped on something metal.”

The arresting AJPD officer wrote, “I also could hear a subject talking loudly, the noises sound like they were coming from north of my location.”

At 12:55 a.m. that morning, the officer found two pickup trucks parked in a nearby lot and one man said his landlord, Nordlow, told him a lawn mower fell off a trailer and that he needed help getting it back on the trailer.

The officer said he saw a yellow riding lawnmower on a small trailer behind one of the trucks and other officers also arrived at the scene.

Nordlow allegedly told officers that a friend named John told him to go pick up the lawnmower, according to court records.

“Adam (Nordlow) said that John told him it was parked along the east side of Idaho Road behind a bush,” court records read. “Adam continued stating that he did not know the mower was possibly stolen.”

Nordlow did not know or remember what John's last name was or where he might live.

Officers followed skid marks the mower left behind because it was being pushed or dragged down the sidewalk and they led police to the south entrance of the Boys & Girls Club, then east on the driveway and through an open fenced gate, which appeared to have its locking chain cut.

Officers determined the lawnmower originally came from a storage area behind the Boys & Girls Club.

The manager of the club arrived and told police that the mower belonged to the club and it was supposed to be in the storage area.

Police detained and charged Nordlow but let the other man go as Nordlow said he just stopped to help him.

When police questioned the other man, he said that wasn't true and that he was home in bed when Nordlow asked him to help with the mower.

Nordlow was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with third-degree burglary and released on bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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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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