HUDSON, Maine — A Maine State Police trooper arrested two area men last week after they turned up at a local metal recycling facility with scrap metal they allegedly stole from a gravel operation on Wilder Davis Road.

The suspects also had tools taken from the scene in their possession, Trooper Brian Bean said Thursday.

David Babcock, 24, of Carmel now faces charges of theft, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, Bean said, adding that he is the grandson of one of the owners of the gravel operation.

His alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Andrew Will Jr., was charged with theft and criminal trespass, Bean said.

Bean said the theft charges likely will be elevated to felony status because the scrap metal and tools they are accused of taking were worth more than $1,000.

According to Bean, the two are accused of breaking into the gravel operation on the night of June 5. He said his investigation indicates that the two men showed up under the cover of darkness and that Babcock cut off a lock on a gate to gain entry.

Sightings of the vehicle the two were riding in on the day of the break-in and other leads developed during the investigation led to suspicions that Babcock and Will were involved, Bean said.

The arrest came the next day, when the two turned up at B&S Salvage on Pine Point Road in Hudson.

Bean said Babcock and Will, who were taken to Penobscot County Jail after their arrests, are out on bail.