Delaware County sheriff’s deputies said a Deposit couple was arrested on Feb. 5 after burglarizing Delaware County's Solid Waste Management Center in Walton.

According to a media release, Michael Hazen, 43, and Edna Cering, 38, were arrested after several reports of burglary incidents at the facility.

Deputies charged Hazen with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of petit larceny, driving while ability impaired by drugs, operating an uninspected motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with an obstructed view. Cering was charged with one count of third-degree burglary and one count of petit larceny.

Deputies allege the burglaries occurred on Jan. 31 and Feb. 4. While conducting a security check at the facility at about 4 a.m. Feb. 5, deputies located and stopped a vehicle being operated by Hazen, the release said. Hazen and Cering were found to be in possession of stolen materials from the center. 

Sheriff Craig DuMond said the pair stole computers from a recycling area at the facility and dismantled them for parts, which they sold online. DuMond called the scheme "resourceful, but not very smart."

He said waste center employees had noticed losses and had begun paying more attention to the inventory of discarded computers. he said the thefts had likely gone on for at least a month.

Hazen and Cering were processed and released with appearance tickets returnable to Walton Town Court at a later date. Deputies were assisted at the scene of the arrest by members of the village of Walton Police Department, the release said.

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