Two S.F. men arrested in connection with stolen welding machine

Getty Images file photo | Clip artTwo men were arrested in the theft of a welding machine of some type in the Bayview on Monday.

Police have arrested two men in connection with a business burglary in the Bayview on Monday.

Police patrolling the area around Illinois and Amador streets about 2:10 p.m. noticed a suspicious vehicle that had a large machine hanging out of the trunk with several loose wires being dragged behind it, police said.

The officers began following the vehicle, which caused the driver to speed up and run a red light in an attempt to lose them, police said. They followed the suspicious vehicle into a parking lot at Cargo Way and Mendell Street where it stopped.

The passenger bolted from the car but was apprehended by police when he tried to scale a fence topped with barbed wire.

The driver complied with police and was detained without incident.

During the course of their investigation, police received a call about a burglarized business in the 400 block of Amador. An employee at the warehouse there told police that when he got to work he saw two suspects stealing a welding machine. They had apparently gained entry by breaking and entering through a window. Surveillance footage captured the incident and the suspects were positively identified by the employee as well as the vehicle they used to take the machine.

Miles Beaver, 50, of San Francisco, was arrested and booked on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspended license, police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Anthony Carter, 53, also of San Francisco, was booked on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

It was unclear why a welding machine would be targeted for theft.

“I'm not sure what kind of street value it had,” Shyy said.

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