Two men were arrested Sunday in northwest Douglas County after officials say they stole building materials that were washed away by floodwaters. 

The two men, ages 27 and 59, were found dragging 40-foot roofing trusses from a wooded area near 252nd and State Streets, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Monday. 

A man called sheriff's deputies to report the pair stealing his materials after his neighbor alerted him. 

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The trusses had been washed away by flooding and carried south of where they were stored. The man had known that his property was carried away but hadn't been able to retrieve it yet. 

The two men were booked on suspicion of theft by unlawful taking. Deputies also found a pair of bolt cutters, five iPads or iPhones, eight power tools and other miscellaneous items in their Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was impounded along with a tractor.  

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