Two men from Miami-Dade County were caught in the act of stealing bales of cardboard from a Marathon business in the early morning hours Sunday.
Sgt. Joel Slough was on patrol at 3 a.m. Sunday when he saw a box truck backed into the rear alley behind K-Mart in Marathon. As he pulled up to check on it, he saw two men disappear from sight, hiding behind large bales of cardboard stacked in the alley.
The two men were detained. An investigation revealed some stacks of boxes had already been loaded into the box truck.
The manager of K-Mart responded to the scene. He said the men did not have permission to take the cardboard. He said they contract with a company to take the bales to a recycling center and usually get about $250 – 300 for each bale.
39 year old Mario Ortiz and 34 year old Elieser Hernandez were both arrested. They were charged with grand theft. The truck was seized for possible forfeiture.