A man who allegedly attempted to dismantle a dairy barn for scrap metal was arrested Tuesday morning by Merced County sheriff's deputies.
Robert Myers, 41, of Empire, was arrested after the sheriff's office received a report about men loading metal pipes onto a truck in the 11000 block of East Avenue in Ballico.
After arriving at the scene, deputies Chris Sziraki and Deborah French found cutting tools, crowbars and hand tools next to part of a milk barn where cows would be fed. The deputies also noticed part of the barn was dismantled.
The deputies said a white Chevrolet pickup truck was parked at the back of the property -- and Myers was slouched down in the seat, trying to hide. Myers claimed he was looking for work at the dairy, saying he'd lost his job and was "scrapping" to make money to pay bills.
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After searching the truck, deputies found a receipt from an auto parts store for tools used for cutting metal. Myers was arrested and booked on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and felony vandalism. He has already posted his $56,000 bail. Myers was previously arrested and booked on similar charges earlier this month, the sheriff's department said.
-- Sun-Star staff