Uniontown police and Summit County Sheriff's deputies arrested a pair believed to be stealing scrap in a stolen U-Haul.

LAKE TWP. The gas tank on a stolen U-Haul a pair of Summit County men were using to steal scrap was almost out of gas.

They were going to fuel up about 12:30 a.m. Monday at a gas station Cleveland Avenue NW and state Route 619, but it was too late.

Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt said that as they approached, the gas station lights were shut off for the night. The station was closed.

So the men pulled into the Chase Bank parking lot next door, got out and walked away, according to police.

Britt said Summit County Sheriff's deputies said Matthew P. Strebler, 42, of Akron, and the other man, identified as a 35-year-old Akron resident, were walking through Green about 9 a.m. Monday. The other man was limping, having suffered a broken foot at some point.

The men told deputies that their U-Haul truck had run out of a gas.

"The deputies knew we (were investigating) a stolen U-Haul at Chase Bank," Britt said.

A short time later, Uniontown Police arrested Strebler on a charges of receiving stolen property and theft. The man who was with him was cited for misdemeanor theft. The Canton Repository does not typically name misdemeanor crime suspects.

Police believe the two men had gone to a U-Haul rental location in Summit County Friday where Strebler reportedly told the other man he'd rented a truck.

"The man thought Strebler had rented it. When they went to pick it up, Strebler just walked around the lot until he found a truck with keys in it," Britt said.

Investigators allege Strebler drove the stolen 2011 Dodge 1500 as the two men went to several businesses in Summit County stealing scrap metal.

When they arrived in Uniontown, they went to Uniontown Tire where they took rotors, bearings and scrapped brake parts, the chief said. The scrap was valued at about $700, although Strebler likely would've gotten about $50 for the amount of scrap, he said.

Investigators believed that the other businesses from which the men stole scrap metal were in Summit County.

In addition to the metal, police said they also seized a small bag containing methamphetamine.

No one was charged with having the illegal drug, but police continued to investigate on Tuesday. And, Britt said, further charges are pending. The drugs were sent to the Crime Lab for analysis.

Strebler remained in the Stark County Jail early Tuesday, held without bond.

Jail records show he was being held for a Canton Municipal Court hearing and for Akron authorities on unspecified charges.

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