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2 use backhoe to steal piping on federal land

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Daniel Wayne Gibson (Mohave County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Wayne Gibson (Mohave County Sheriff's Office)

Two men were accused of using a backhoe to steal piping from a patch of federal land in northwest Arizona.

The Mohave County Sheriff's office arrested Daniel Wayne Gibson, 36, and Jose Ivan Esquivel-Diaz, 27, in Kingman on Monday.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies were called out to ranch land, where a woman told them two people were using the backhoe to destroy a part of her property.

Deputies were able to pull a truck and backhoe over nearby and arrest Gibson and Esquivel-Diaz.

Gibson told deputies he had been scraping in the area and he had permission to do so. Authorities determined piping was being cut and taken from Bureau of Land Management property.

Deputies were also told by Gibson, a felon, that he had a weapon. Gibson was booked in the Mohave County Jail on possession of a weapon by prohibited person, theft and criminal damage.

Deputies also determined Esquivel-Diaz to be an undocumented immigrant and he was turned over to Border Patrol custody.

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