LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Police say a cover-up was a top priority for at least one of the two men accused of killing a local teenager for his iPad.
Not only did they create a plan to rob their victim, police say they hatched a plan to evade police, but it was doomed to fail.
News 3 has obtained two photos that police say are the same vehicle but slightly different. The two suspects tried to alter its appearance after a tragedy that left 15-year-old Marcos Arenas dead.
The white SUV that police say was driven by Michael Solid, is missing license plates. Investigators say typically, this is an indicator there is an intention to commit a crime to prevent identification by witnesses and or surveillance.
On the fateful may day when Arenas was killed, police say Solid drove up to the gas station.
Surveillance images reveal the SUV was parked as if the driver was going to get gas. Problem was, the gas tank was on the opposite side of the vehicle.
Police say Solid only purchased a dollar's worth of gas but didn't pump it right away.
Meantime his accused accomplice, Jacob Dismont, also captured by security cameras, roaming the gas station for potential victims.
The victim, Arenas, is wearing a purple shirt and clearly carrying an Apple iPad in a notebook-style case.
Police say 200 yards from the gas station, Arenas would be attacked from behind by Dismont.
Witnesses say he was punched multiple times in his neck and back. He was then dragged by the getaway car, pulled underneath and was run over as the driver and his accomplice fled.
When detectives finally found the SUV, they say it was parked backwards in the driveway of suspect Dismont's home with the driver's door open.
But that wasn't all, police say they noticed flame decals added to the sides of the vehicle and a license plate was recently attached to the Ford Explorer -- though that plate belonged to a Mitsubishi, which is a totally different vehicle.
Armed with a search warrant, detectives searched the SUV discovered an iPhone on the front seat which they say revealed the incriminating text conversation between Dismont and his half-brother and former prison inmate, Brian Goodwin.
Goodwin's advice was to wipe down the right side of the truck, get the tires changed, and, according to detectives, Dismont said he would burn the old ones.
Arenas' accused killers, Michael Solid and Jacob Dismont, each pleaded not guilty at their arraignment last week. They're being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center