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MT. OLYMPUS — Two men who apparently liked using nice cars to commit crimes were arrested Friday after police say the duo burglarized a bowling alley.
About 4:30 a.m., Unified police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Olympus Hills Lanes, 4015 S. Wasatch Blvd. (3550 East). The officers arriving on scene spotted a Mercedes SUV parked on nearby Apollo Drive that was "full of property."
There was also a trail of more property that appeared to have been dropped — including a jar full of quarters and a crowbar — on a pedestrian walkway leading from the bowling alley to the vehicle, said Unified police detective Ken Hansen.
While investigating the SUV, the officers received reports of a person yelling for help down the street at 4090 S. Achilles Dr. (3565 East). Two men who are believed to have abandoned the SUV after police arrived had apparently found an unlocked side door leading into a nearby garage, and then found keys inside a BMW, Hansen said. But as the two were backing the BMW out of the garage, the homeowner came home.
"The homeowner tried to block their exit with his Toyota FJ. The suspect driving the BMW tried to go around the Toyota which caused it to high center on nearby landscaping," Hansen said.
The BMW suffered "extensive damage," he said. As the two men ran away from the BMW, the homeowner yelled for help.
Backup officers surrounded the area and soon arrested Robert Steele, 30, and Robert Young, 36, of Salt Lake City.
According to court records, Steele was convicted of misdemeanor retail left less than 10 days ago. He was also found guilty of misdemeanor burglary charges in 2010. Young already faces shoplifting charges in two active cases.