Man Charged After Believing “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”
SPRING HILL – Deputies responded to Suncoast Repair on Deltona Blvd Monday, after reports of a theft that occurred at that location.
According to reports, on Friday, store owner Daniel Delameter placed a Craftsman Garden Tiller he repaired outside of the business, so that a customer could pick it up after hours.
The following day, Delameter called the customer, Adam Balderson of West Hernando Little League, and asked if he picked up the tiller. Balderson replied “no” so they contacted authorities.
On Monday, an acquaintance of Balderson spotted the tiller chained to a fire hydrant at the intersection of Deltona Blvd and Norbert Street, with a “for sale” asking $200 and a phone number listed.
Deputy Steve Kelly called the number and later met with the “seller” at his home on Welsh Street.
During an interview with the seller, 56-year-old David Martin, Kelly asked how he acquired the tiller. Martin said he saw the tiller at the rear of the business next to a dumpster; thinking it was trash, he loaded the tiller in his truck and took it home. After making some repairs, Martin says he placed it on the corner for sale.
At the conclusion of the interview, Martin was placed under arrest, charged with Grand Theft, and booked into the Hernando County Jail.
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