Suspect charged with theft of chain saw from retailer

September 10, 1996

Police arrested a Ferndale man Friday and charged him with stealing a $139 chain saw from a Hechinger home-improvement store on Mountain Road.

Jeffrey Stephens Taylor, 35, of the 200 block of Williams Road was charged with theft.

A Hechinger cashier in the tool department called police to the store in the unit block of Mountain Road about 6 p.m. after he said he caught a man shoplifting. The cashier reported that the suspect and another man had entered the tool department together, and that one of them picked up a chain saw and began walking away, police said.

When the cashier told them they had to pay for the saw at his register in the tool department, they put it back and left.

A short time later, one of them walked back to the tool department and asked for an employment application. As he was filling out the application, the other man returned, picked up the chain saw and walked out, police said.

The man walked to a 1993 Toyota Paseo, put the saw in the car and got into the front passenger seat, police said. Valentine told his supervisor and store security of the theft. When guards walked out of the store to approach the man, he got out of the car and ran, police said.

Police later found the man across the street on the lot of Ann's Restaurant, and he admitted to the theft, police said. His companion was not arrested.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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