2 men arrested in hay theft from Arizona dairy farm

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Two men are in custody in connection with stolen hay from a Pinal County dairy farm.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 33-year-old Hector Pelayo and 34-year-old Alejandro Noriega-Ramirez on suspicion of theft.

That was after deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driven by Pelayo and transporting a trailer full of hay last Friday.

When deputies stopped Pelayo, they say he told them he had just purchased the hay from a dairy farm. But authorities already had information that the hay was stolen.

The East Valley Tribune (http://bit.ly/ndoVSl) says Noriega-Ramirez worked the night shift at the dairy and allegedly sold the hay to Pelayo for $200.

The dairy's owner says he pays $250 a ton for the hay, it's only used as feed for dairy cows and isn't for sale.

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