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Two Arrested For Stealing Hay

Pinal County News

Two men were arrested and charged with theft for stealing two tons of hay from a local dairy farm near the 7000 block of E Palmer road.

On 07-29-11 PCSO deputies were called to an area just South of Highway 287 on a report of suspicious vehicle.  Deputies contacted the driver of a white Dodge truck hauling a trailer full of hay.  The driver, Hector Pelayo, 33 told deputies he had just purchased the hay from a nearby dairy.

PCSO had received information the hay was stolen.  After further interview, Pelayo informed deputies he purchased the hay from a man who worked at the dairy known as “Wedo” for $200.  When asked if he knew the hay was stolen, Pelayo replied “yes.”

Pelayo was arrested for one count of theft and told deputies he would take them to where he purchased the stolen hay and identify “Wedo.”

When deputies arrived at the dairy, investigators were able to locate the man Pelayo purchased the hay from and identified him as Alejandro Noriega-Ramirez, 34.

Noriega-Ramirez was identified by the owner of the dairy as an employee who commonly worked the night shift.  The owner said he pays around $250/ton for the hay and it is used only as feed for dairy cows and is not for sale.

Noriega-Ramirez was also arrested and charged with one count of theft.

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