December 1, 2016

Marathon man charged with stealing tools

A Marathon man was arrested Wednesday for stealing tools from the Home Depot store in Marathon.

At 12:30 p.m. Sgt. Chuck Kellenberger was driving by a wooded area on the west side of Home Depot in Marathon when he spotted a man behind some trees. He stopped to investigate the possible trespassing. The man was identified as 48 year old Todd O’Quinn. He noticed that O’Quinn was removing a blue Makita tool bag from a cardboard box and had a yellow Dewalt miter saw box on the ground nearby.

O’Quinn told the sergeant that a friend gave the tools to him. During the course of the encounter with officers, O’Quinn changed his story several times about where he got the tools.

Deputies Joshua Baer and Willian Guerra arrived on the scene. Deputy Guerra got the SKU numbers from the tool boxes and went to Home Depot to see who might have recently purchased the tools. Home Depot told Deputy Guerra the tools were still on their inventory and had not been sold to anyone.

O’Quinn admitted to having been in Home Depot earlier that morning. He said he got a cup of coffee, but did not admit to having stolen the tools.

O’Quinn was arrested. He was charged with grand theft and he was booked into jail.

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