A Hanover man has been arrested for stealing nearly $20,000 worth of construction equipment from a West Manheim Township business.
Zachary Funt, 26, is accused of taking the equipment from Keith Smith Concrete Construction, at 3333 Baltimore Pike, and selling the items at pawn shops for money to buy heroin, according to township police.
The company owner discovered items missing on Monday and told investigators he suspected Funt, who was fired from the company in January, police said.
Investigators said they checked Maryland pawn records and found Funt had sold construction equipment at two Carroll County shops in December. Officers then went to Funt's home and found a stolen transit in the back seat of his vehicle, police said.
Funt admitted to committing six night
time burglaries at the construction company since November. The crimes went unnoticed for weeks because Funt used a stolen
key to get inside the business, according to police.
He told investigators that some of the stolen equipment was sold to pawn shops by 25-year-old Jesse Wiseman, also of Hanover, who admitted to selling
four items, knowing they were stolen, to get money for heroin, police said.
Funt had also been buying gas with a
stolen gas card to make the trips to and from the pawn shops, police said.
He was sent to York County Prison on six counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft
and receiving stolen property.
Wiseman was charged with four counts of
receiving stolen property and released after posting bail.
Police said they recovered about $7,300 worth of the stolen equipment. The remaining items had been resold by the pawn shops.