Casa Grande Police arrest men suspected of stealing manhole covers

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Authorities have arrested two men suspected in the thefts of more than 40 manhole covers in Casa Grande.

Audencio Alvarado, 53, and Johnny Otero, 41, are being held on charges of suspicion of theft, trafficking of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and trespassing.

Police were able to apprehend Alvarado and Otero after a citizen videotaped two men stealing manhole covers on the south side of Casa Grande.

Authorities went on to obtain a description of the vehicle used, and conducted a search of a home where they found evidence connected to the crimes.

The stolen manhole covers are valued at more than $12,000.

Authorities believe Alvarado and Otero may be responsible for the theft of at least 50 other manhole covers from around Casa Grande.