Authorities arrested two Fairland men early Monday morning at Green Country Soil.
According to Ottawa County Undersheriff Bob Ernst, Troy Dewane Mathia, 21, and John Wesley Holden, 20, were spotted by officers shortly after midnight parked next to a building at the soil plant.
Ernst said the two were in a red Dodge pickup truck pulling a large flatbed trailer.
“Deputy Matt Redden made contact with the two male subjects and asked why they were at the soil plant in the middle of the night with a large flatbed trailer,” Ernst said. “Both occupants originally stated they had just pulled off the highway to get some sleep before they continued their journey to Fairland.”
The soil plant is approximately two miles from the highway and about 15 miles from Fairland.
When Redden suspected the two were not being honest, he continued to question the pair about their intentions.
“Further questioning led to the subjects admitting they had gone to Green Country Soil with the intention on stealing pallets,” Ernst said. “They also admitted that they had previously stolen 288 pallets from the soil plant last week and sold those pallets in Arkansas for $715.”
Sheriff Terry Durborow said upon searching the truck, authorities located a .22 magnum rifle.
“Mathia also has two traffic warrants outstanding for his arrest for speeding and no seatbelt,” Durborow said.
Both men were taken into custody for conspiracy to commit grand larceny and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony. Both are being held on $5,000 bond.