A businessman and his son were spotted from the sky trying to bury a six-wheel box truck one of several vehicles and equipment valued at $120,000 the two are accused of stealing, authorities said Friday.
David W. Paul, 68, of Brockport, and Jeffrey D. Paul, 39, of Holley surrendered Wednesday and were jailed following their arraignment on stolen property charges before Murray Town Justice Gary Passarell. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday.
Tipped off by Macedon police, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the state police aviation unit, spotted the suspects' March 29 attempt to bury the truck, stolen in Macedon, on the Pauls' Country Construction property -- north of Gulf Road and west of Monroe-Orleans County Line Road in Murray.
Jeffrey Paul was identified as the bulldozer operator in the effort.
A subsequent search warrant led to the recovery of stolen vehicles, construction vehicles and equipment, estimated by the Sheriff's Office to be worth more than $120,000.
Both father and son were jailed Friday in lieu of $5,000 bail each and are being held at the Orleans County Jail.
Orleans Undersheriff Steven D. Smith said the investigation is also being conducted by state Environmental Conservation police, the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Greece and Irondequoit police.
Though the father has hired an attorney, his son will be represented by the Orleans County Public Defender's Office, authorities said.