2 Arrested in Phoenix for stealing luxury vehicles

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Mario Castillo (left) and Lebuan Barranco By Christina O'Haver Mario Castillo (left) and Lebuan Barranco By Christina O'Haver
Lebuan Barranco By Christina O'Haver Lebuan Barranco By Christina O'Haver
Mario Castillo By Christina O'Haver Mario Castillo By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities have arrested two men in connection with the recent theft of three Mercedes Benz vehicles from a Peoria car dealership.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Friday that an auto theft task force served a search warrant on a home and found the vehicles in the backyard.

Two men in the home were arrested.

DPS says 30-year-old Mario Castillo, of Phoenix, and 27-year-old Lebuan Barranco, of Louisville, Kentucky, have been booked into Maricopa County Jail.

Both are being charged with three counts of theft of means of transportation, conducting a chop shop and altering a vehicle identification number.

Investigators say the stolen Mercedes Benz cars are worth $280,000.

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