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Greene County Men Arrested After Stealing Tools

Last updated on Friday, May 23, 2014

(BLOOMFIELD) - Two Greene County men were arrested Monday after allegedly stealing tools from the bed of a pickup truck on North Lawrence Hollow Road.

According to Greene County Police, the owner of the tools reported he saw 40-year-old Joshua Owens, of Shirley and 39-year-old Christopher Ashburn, of Deputy, removed a gray tote, a keter tool box and a canvas tool bag filled with his tools from the back of his truck.

The men then allegedly placed the tools in a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo and left.

The man told police some of the tools were marked with his and his grandfather's initials.

An officers spotted the car at the curve on North Lawrence Hollow Road with Owens on his knees behind the vehicle and tools scattered all around him. Owen told police he was sorting his tools.

Owen told police that he had collected the tools over 40 years. When police confronted him about the initials he changed his story and said the owner must have put them in his vehicle.

The owner of the tools identified and then told police that the men had been staying at his home and that before the incident Ashburn was harassing a woman at the home and the owner of the tools had to tell him to stop. The owner then went to bed, but woke to find the men stealing his tools.

Owens and Ashburn were arrested on a felony theft charge and taken to jail.

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