Erie County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Depew men accused of stealing scrap metal from a Town of Elma business early Monday morning.

Deputy Joseph Raczynski was on patrol on Transit Road in the Town of Elma at about 3:05 a.m. when he spotted a vehicle pulling out of the Cove Restaurant parking lot. Because the business was closed, Raczynski stopped the vehicle and found some scrap metal in the car.

The occupants told the deputy they had permission from the business owner to take the metal, but the owners were contacted and replied that no one had such permission, according to police reports.

Raczynski charged David Tanyi and Jason Meyer, both 24, with petit larceny and trespass, officials reported.