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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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  • Usually the deputy will make sure they have grounds for arrest. If the deputy thought at all it could be a mistake he would have just had the property returned and told the owner to not leave valuables near the dumpster. Deputy’s do not want their arrests overturned or the prosecutor to refuse to prosecute, so in most cases they will make sure they have made a good arrest. So basically we are not getting the whole story. The article states; after the deputy interviewed the suspect. Please Give the Deputy’s in this county a break, for the most part they do a great job.

    Friday, 2 October 2015, 6:46 am
  • I agree with Tony, we can’t even leave garage door up,cause they will steal you blind,he made sense to me. Crime is everywhere.

    Thursday, 1 October 2015, 6:04 pm
  • Toney. Drive your golf cart into a ditch. Unless you never drove a golf cart anywhere else you wouldnt know. We dont care how you did it up north. Go home toney. Your a miserable person and gosh darn it. People hate you. Me included

    Thursday, 1 October 2015, 4:51 pm
  • WoW! what a shame,,,for a simple mistake,

    Thursday, 1 October 2015, 3:14 pm
  • Lol Jodi smiles

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 3:48 pm
  • WRONG… Garbage is considered discarded property… the cops do it all the time….. They call that evidence.

    The question is… How far away was this item from the dumpster? 2 feet? he’s good- 10 feet? he’s done

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 3:16 pm
    • Wrong, what? Trespassing in order to access garbage. Sure, the business owner could have locked up the trash or fenced it in or posted signs. Still, it’s trespassing at the very least.

      Thursday, 1 October 2015, 7:09 am
  • You go Deputy Kelly 🙂

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 1:48 pm
  • Can someone explain where there was a crime committed here? It was left by the dumpster so he assumed it was trash, I see trucks garbage picking all the time so are they also guilty of grand theft? What if the garbage man threw it in the truck mistaking it also, would you arrest them?

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 9:51 pm
    • Tehnically, just because it is in a dumpster or garbage can, it does not mean you can take it and yes it is theft.

      Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 9:47 am
    • My observation is that he entered private property (business after hours) in order to obtain said object. Trash that is left curbside is usually on county property, making that fair game.

      Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 11:12 am
  • Nice try pal, too bad, now you sit in jail!
    Pretty dumb sitting it out so close to where you stole it from! lol

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 7:21 pm
    • Hiding in plain site!

      Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 9:18 pm
  • Oh poor Dave really a nice guy has a few screws loose when he drums too much but other than that I actually believe it was an honest mistake. BTW he’s my moms ex and we didn’t get along so I’m not standing up for him.

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 7:14 pm
    • I believe it was an honest mistake and i don’t know the guy. But he said he had to do a few minor repairs. Did the shop owner send it out not in working order??????????

      Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 9:17 pm
    • I knew it was only a matter of time. That’s what happens when you’ve been huffing carburetor cleaner for years.

      Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 5:43 pm
  • It is a dumb idea to leave any valuable piece of equipment outside a closed business without the possibility that it might be stolen, especially with the crime level here in Spring Hill.

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 7:11 pm
    • Yes I agree. The shop owner should have been charged with stupidity!

      Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 9:16 pm

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