A Glendale business owner caught an employee sitting on stolen merchandise.
Court records show that on May 30 a business owner reported his Ford F-450 truck, his dirt bike and ATV were stolen from his business and he knew right away who stole it.
Glendale police say the owner of NB Custom Metal near 55th Avenue and Camelback Road, reported that his truck, Yamaha motorcycle and ATV were stolen. Police noticed that there was no forced entry into the business.
The owner reported that only a few people have a key to the building. One of them was an employee, 23-year-old James Tyler Mathis. Mathis reportedly was constantly asking his boss if he could take the dirt bike and ATV for a ride.
The next day, police report that the business owner went looking for Mathis and found him at a motel in Avondale near 91st Avenue and McDowell Road, actually sitting on the motorcycle. As they made eye contact Mathis dropped the bike and ran away. He was caught shortly thereafter by Avondale police.
Police say they also found out that Mathis had an extraditable warrant out of Kansas.
Mathis has been charged with three counts of transportation theft.