FAIRFIELD — Some thieves shoplift by pocketing their goods, some by using a bag or a box to steal stuff from merchants.
Adrian E. Arriaga’s alleged theft tool of choice was a forklift, which he is accused of using repeatedly to steal several tons of lumber from his employer, the Home Depot in Vacaville.
Arriaga, 29, was in court Monday for a probable cause hearing.
On July 15, 2011, Arriaga used a Home Depot forklift to load a full pallet of redwood fence boards onto a contractor’s truck, who then drove off with the $900 stack of redwood without paying, according to the testimony of a Vacaville police officer.
The contractor later called the Home Depot on Orange Drive and told a supervisor he may have driven with the large load of lumber without having paid for it. The supervisor confronted Arriaga, who admitted to the lumber larceny, according to police.
Arriaga then went on to tell the supervisor that in the past year, he had given away many pallets of redwood fencing to contractors’ trucks, who all left without paying. Arriaga later repeated his confessional to the police officer, who repeated it during the hearing.
Home Depot security and inventory employees later determined Arriaga had allegedly absconded with 11 pallets of redwood fencing. They figured the retail value of what was stolen added up to more than $13,600. It was enough redwood fencing to build a 6-foot-high fence nearly a half-mile long.
Judge Peter B. Foor ended the hearing by ordering Arriaga to stand trial on a felony grand theft charge. He was ordered back to court March 18 to be arraigned.
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