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1:23 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

2 arrested with stolen backhoe and ATV

CASTLE HOT SPRINGS - Two men were arrested Saturday after Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies responded to a theft-in-progress call on the Layton Ranch property and found the suspects in possession of a stolen backhoe and an ATV, said a YCSO spokesman.

When deputies arrived at the ranch about 3:45 p.m., they were told two men, believed to be involved in metal theft, were in the area, driving a dump truck, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Deputies found that truck on the side of Constellation Road near the county line several hours later, and along with it, a backhoe and a Polaris ATV. Two men were with the truck, Todd Meutz, 47, and Travis Ruberg, 34, both of Phoenix, D'Evelyn said.

The backhoe and ATV had been reported stolen from Maricopa County, and deputies found a special key used to override ignition keys with the ATV, D'Evelyn said.

They also found more of the override keys in the dump truck, along with a loaded handgun, some methamphetamine and two glass meth pipes, D'Evelyn said.

The two men were arrested and charged with various crimes including possession of a stolen vehicle, trespassing, criminal damage, and burglary. Muetz was also charged with possession of dangerous drugs.

They were booked into the Camp Verde jail.