Two Men Face DUI and Burglary Charges After Attempting to Steal Gasoline from Vehicles

According to Gilbert Police Sergeant Bill Balafas, on Thursday around 2:40 a.m., two (2) men were arrested for trying to steal gasoline from vehicles in a residential neighborhood near Islands Drive and Diamond Key in Gilbert.  Sergeant Balafas said an officer was patrolling the neighborhood in Gilbert when he noticed a suspicious vehicle. The officer attempted to follow the vehicle; however, the driver sped off and then exited the vehicle along with the passenger when they reached a dead end near Sand Cove and Bay Drive.  Police said thirty-two-year-old (32) Curtis Reed, the driver of the vehicle, was caught shortly thereafter and admitted to trying to steal gasoline from vehicles located in the area.  Mr. Reed, according to police, also admitted to smoking marijuana and methamphetamine.  Additionally, police discovered that Mr. Reed was issued a no-bond felony warrant for violating his parole in a previous aggravated assault case.  Mr. Reed was arrested for DUI, possession of burglary tools, felony flight and the previous warrant.  Officers later found twenty-year-old (20) Jesse Silva, the passenger of the vehicle and arrested Mr. Silva for possession of burglary tools and failure to comply with a lawful order.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1505, “A person commits possession of burglary tools by: (1) Possessing any explosive, tool, instrument or other article adapted or commonly used for committing any form of burglary . . . and intending to use or permit the use of such an item in the commission of a burglary.”  Under Arizona law, possession of burglary tools is a Class 6 Felony and may result in penalties up to one (1) year in jail or up to two (2) years in prison.

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