- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

COLLINS, N.Y. (AP) - State police have charged three men with stealing about two tons of vehicle parts from a western New York business.

Troopers say an asphalt business in the Erie County town of Collins contacted state police after noticing items missing from its scrap yard. Police determined the suspects were using a vehicle to get around a locked gate to gain access to the scrap yard.

The thefts started June 15.

Early Sunday morning, troopers staked out the business and observed a pickup truck entering the property. They watched as three men loaded the truck with 38 used commercial vehicle brake drums weighing more 100 pounds each.

When the men tried to drive away, troopers converged and made the arrest.

Two of the men are from Buffalo and the third is from Forestville in Chautauqua County.

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