Local man faces several theft charges

Local man faces several theft charges
A Martin man, allegedly involved in a long spree of stealing, now faces several counts of theft of property as well as aggravated burglary.
Affidavits released by the Weakley County General Sessions Court show that the defendant, Joseph Fuqua, allegedly took several items including power tools, a tool conveyor belt and an evaporator and attempted to pawn them for money.
The reports state that on Feb. 22, an officer responded to a call from the Len Haven Motel in Martin to take a report for theft. The owner of the motel stated he had a large evaporator cooler stolen and further stated he last saw the cooler on Feb. 21 and noticed it missing early the next day. He estimated the cooler to be valued at about $1,000.
According to the report, it was found that Fuqua had sold an item to Dale’s Recycling in McKenzie that matched the description of the stolen cooler. A picture was obtained from a surveillance camera and the on-site manager at the Len Haven positively confirmed it as the stolen item valued at $1,000.
Fuqua was charged with theft of property (over $500).
On Feb. 26, a victim stated to officers that he was missing his yellow DeWalt air compressor, valued at $350. According to the report, officers responded to the Tennessee Auction on Main Street in Martin to meet the victim and the victim informed the officer that he had received a phone call telling him his air compressor had been found. The victim then positively identified his air compressor. It had been brought by another person to sell.
The report went on to say that officers questioned the man on how he came into possession of the air compressor and he admitted on February 22, a man came to his business (Dresden Small Engine) with his wife and child and stated he was left the item by his grandfather. He wanted to sell it to pay his electric bill.
According to the report, the man was paid $225 for the item and was described as a tall white man with dark hair; he was driving a red F-150 with damage to the driver’s side rear fender. The owner of Dresden Small Engine picked Fuqua out of a police lineup and claimed he was “positive” that Fuqua sold him the air compressor.
This garnered Fuqua another theft of property charge.
On March 1, another victim claimed that a Stihl chain saw and Stihl hand blower, valued at $200 and $180 respectively, had been stolen from his garage on Strawberry Lane in Martin. After filing a report with the Martin Police Department, the victim noticed that his Royal Crown® thermometer valued at $30, had been stolen as well. The report stated that on March 16, further investigation revealed that Fuqua sold a Stihl chain saw to a man for $75 while at Dresden Small Engine Shop.
Upon checking the model and serial number, it was found to be the same Stihl chainsaw reported stolen on March 1.
On the same day, March 16, the report stated that Fuqua sold a Stihl blower to West Tennessee Wholesale in Dresden. Fuqua was again picked out of a police lineup and further investigation revealed that Fuqua pawned the thermometer to E.C. Pawn Shop in Martin on October 28, 2010.
Fuqua was charged with theft of property and aggravated burglary.
Finally, on March 3, a victim allegedly reported a missing conveyor belt from a pizza oven located on the north side of his business. He last noticed it on February 21, and on March 3, it was missing.
The belt was valued at $2,000. The report stated that on March 7, investigation revealed that Fuqua sold an item to Dale’s Recycling on February 22 that matched the description of the belt.
The victim positively identified the belt and found it to be broken and in need of repair. He admitted it would cost $700 to repair.
Fuqua was charged with theft of property (over $500).

wcp 5/5/11

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