EUGENE, Ore. -- Three men were arrested on burglary and theft charges early Sunday morning after witnesses saw them moving stolen firearms in a gas station parking lot around 12 hours earlier, Eugene Police Officials said.
At around 11:30 A.M. Saturday police responded to a report of three men moving firearms from one vehicle to another near the Space Age gas station on West 11th Ave.
Witnesses said that the men were taking multiple firearms out of a light colored Chevy Super Duty pickup and moving them into a dark colored Cadillac. One Space Age employee told KVAL News that the suspects left in the Cadillac, leaving the pickup in the parking lot.
Shortly after police started their investigation, a resident living at N. Clarey st and Century Drive called police at 4:30 P.M. Saturday reporting that a number of firearms and other property was stolen from his house.
Neighbors that witnessed to the burglary described seeing the thieves leaving the scene in a vehicle that matched the truck that was left in the parking lot near the gas station. After taking more witness statements police gathered enough information to connect the two incidents.
After further investigation officers arrested the three suspects at around 12:30 A.M. Sunday morning in the W. 11th Wal-Mart parking lot, a few hundred yards from where they initially moved the stolen property to another vehicle.
One of the men was armed with a handgun, but police made the arrest without any difficulties.
The suspects were identified as Scott Allen Steinbach, 22, Chet Evan Raymond, 21, and Tyler Buck Gorham, 19. Each faces charges of first degree burglary and theft, as well as warrants for their arrest.
Police recovered all of the property stolen from the home on Century Drive.
Eugene Police officials told KVAL News that two of the men have been released from jail and their court date is pending.