After being fired from his construction job, a Hanover-area man used a stolen key to burglarize the business six times between November and February for money to buy drugs, police said.
Zachary Funt stole nearly $20,000 worth of construction equipment from Keith Smith Concrete Construction at 3333 Baltimore Pike in West Manheim Township, according to township police.
After being arrested Wednesday, he told officers he sold the stolen goods at pawn shops to get money to buy heroin, police said.
Funt, 26, of 605-1/2 Baltimore St. in Penn Township, is in York County Prison on $10,000 bail, charged with six counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.
Police said they also arrested a second man for allegedly selling four pieces of the equipment, despite knowing it was stolen.
Jesse Wiseman, 25, of 880 Westminster Ave. in Penn Township, is free on $7,500 bail, charged with four counts of receiving stolen property.
Wiseman also told officers he sold the equipment to get money for heroin, police allege.
Boss suspicious: Company owner Keith Smith called police on Feb. 11 to report he was missing equipment, and said he suspected Funt.
That's because he fired Funt in early January, according to police.
Investigators checked records from Maryland pawn shops and learned Funt had sold some of the equipment at two different Carroll County pawn shops in December, police said.
They then went to Funt's home and spotted other piece of Smith's stolen equipment in the back seat of Funt's vehicle, police said.
Funt also stole a gasoline credit card from Smith and was using it to buy gas on his trips to and from Maryland pawn shops, police said.
Police said they were able to recover about $7,300 worth of Smith's stolen equipment, but the rest of it had already been resold by pawn shops.
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