ORONO, Maine — A bright yellow van with a black stripe pulled up to the railroad tracks on North Main Avenue on Thursday afternoon and two men jumped out and started loading scrap metal, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Friday morning.

Police stopped the van on Main Street at around 12:45 p.m. and found the back filled with metal railway brackets and plates, Ewing said.

“We are well aware that the railroad doesn’t allow that,” Ewing said.

Driver Grant Boynton, 48, of Millinocket and his passenger, Richard Coombs, 38, of Bangor, were arrested in connection with the theft and taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

Coombs also was wanted on an outstanding warrant, Ewing said.

The scrap metal was valued at around $100, the police captain said. Springfield Terminal Railway was notified about the recovered stolen metal and came to retrieve it, Ewing said.

A yellow van that “matched the description exactly” of the one stopped Thursday was seen removing scrap metal from the same area last week but was gone when police arrived, Ewing said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)