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PD: Car burglary suspects surprised by cops in front seat

Chad Leakey, left, and Paul Gardener were arrested after they allegedly broke into an unmarked police car containing two uniformed Tempe officers. Chad Leakey, left, and Paul Gardener were arrested after they allegedly broke into an unmarked police car containing two uniformed Tempe officers.
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Maybe it was the tinted windows, but two automobile burglary suspects had no idea of the rude surprise they would get Saturday when they tried to break into an unmarked police vehicle - occupied by two uniformed Tempe police officers.

Paul Gardener opened the back door of the vehicle near Baseline Road and Butte Street and started to jump in when he noticed the seat was separated from the front by a cage and upon seeing the uniformed officers, came to the sobering realization he was in a police vehicle, according to a Tempe police spokesman.

Gardener and Chad Leakey tried to run, but were quickly caught by the officers and arrested, the spokesman said.

Evidence found on the two men linked them to another vehicle burglary and two attempted burglaries from vehicles in the same area, the spokesman said.

Gardener also had a small bag of methamphetamine when he was arrested, the spokesman said.

Leakey carried a backpack with several pieces of mail stolen earlier in the day, the spokesman said.

Both were booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of burglary and three counts of attempted burglary.

Gardner was also charged with possession of a dangerous drug.

The U.S. Postal Service was investigating the alleged mail theft, the spokesman said.

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