KINGMAN - An antique cabinet stolen from Kingman Animal Hospital was recovered Thursday thanks to an alert sheriff's deputy.
The deputy was off duty when he spotted a truck and trailer that matched one seen in surveillance footage from Kingman Animal Hospital where two large antiques were stolen last weekend.
The truck and trailer were parked in the lot next to A & P Pawn downtown. The off-duty deputy called in the sighting to another deputy who was on duty, who responded to the scene and found two men, identified as Dennis Joseph Silva, 60, and Timothy Laine Morgan, 49, both of Kingman.
Trish Carter, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said Morgan admitted to helping load the items - an antique pharmacy cabinet and separate examination table - as they sat on the side of the animal hospital on Northern Avenue.
Certified Vet Technical Ruby Duey said staff had placed the items there during a remodel of one of the hospital's rooms. The items were so heavy, she said, that they elected to leave them on the side of the building rather than dragging them back to a fenced area.
"They were so heavy, we didn't think anybody could have taken them," she said.
She said staff watched surveillance footage of the entire theft, from the suspects pulling in and backing up several times to get the angle right, to struggling with the heavy antiques. The theft took place directly in front of the camera.
"I guess it wasn't all that funny, but it was like, man, I can't believe they were so ballsy," Duey said.
She said she was pleased by the response from the community after the items were stolen. Staff members trolled yard sales looking for them while clients printed up flyers and passed them out.
The pawn shop where the cabinet was taken reportedly declined to buy it. The examination table is still missing. It has a white marble top and doesn't have legs because it mounts into the wall.
Silva and Morgan were booked into the Mohave County Jail on felony charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.