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Waterloo men facing charges after stealing county vehicles

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BREMER COUNTY (KWWL) - Two Waterloo men are being charged with multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief for allegedly stealing a dump truck, road grader, and bags of recycled cans.

36-year-old Michael Eaton and 23-year-old Anthony Mann are currently booked in the Bremer County Jail.

They're also being charged for possession of methamphetamine.

Authorities say it was around 7 a.m. Friday morning when a trooper noticed that two men trying to get two county vehicles out of a ditch were not county employees.

The sheriff says the men got the dump truck stuck first, and the grader shortly followed.

The motive? Empty pop cans.

Authorities say it was early Friday morning when the two men broke into a Bremer maintenance shed and stole a dump truck.

They then drove to Community Lutheran School in Readlyn to pick up their loot.

"The individuals used a saw blade to cut through the chain, then they loaded several bags of pop cans back into the county dump truck," Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett says.

Authorities say after driving only a few hundred feet down the road, Eaton and Mann met a ditch.

Pickett says the men then returned to the maintenance shed and stole a grader, but then the grader went into the ditch too.

"It looks like they were using the (grader) to ram the truck out of the ditch," he said. "They were pushing it."

Authorities say at some point, even the original car the men were driving also got stuck in the ditch.

The sheriff says the men also broke into another city vehicle at some point Friday.

He says it appears they tried to hot-wire a county pick-up truck, but failed.

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