Stolen vehicles found at Buckeye home; 2 arrested

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Manuel Castillo (left) and Louie Clark Jr. By Christina O'Haver Manuel Castillo (left) and Louie Clark Jr. By Christina O'Haver
Manuel Castillo By Christina O'Haver Manuel Castillo By Christina O'Haver
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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Two men were arrested after police searched a Buckeye residence in connection with a series of burglaries and thefts.

Buckeye police went to the property near Yuma and Airport roads Thursday to locate a person for questioning and reportedly saw two men cutting up a metal flatbed trailer.

Police determined the trailer, valued at $12,000, was stolen out of Peoria but the theft had not been reported.

Police detained 25-year-old Manuel Castillo, of Buckeye, and 37-year-old Louie Clark Jr., of Avondale.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and reportedly discovered two stolen motorcycles, a stolen SUV, marijuana plants, and numerous metals and other evidence tied to a $50,000 burglary that occurred in the Verrado neighborhood.

Police said detectives are confident they have solved several burglary cases in the Verrado and Sundance communities.

An improvised explosive device was also found inside the home and later rendered safe by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad.

Castillo was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property, weapons offenses in connection with the explosive, and endangerment.

Clark was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Avondale.

Police also arrested 25-year-old Buckeye resident Nathan Portillo at the scene for allegedly possessing dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.