February 12, 2014
A Baker repairman told a Fort Walton Beach couple his assistant had stolen items from their home and pawned them. But a Fort Walton Beach Police Department investigation revealed the man himself had taken the items and sold them, according to an arrest report.
A couple who live on Hudson Drive told officers they left their home on several occasions late last year while 44-year-old Shane Dale was repairing their central air and heat system.
In November, the couple discovered a number of items missing from their home. Those items included:
- A Craftsman 118-piece combination socket-tool set valued at $200
- A Dewalt drill with two batteries and a charger valued at $130
- A 14k gold Panda charm attached to a 14-inch 24k gold rope chain valued at $500
- Another Panda charm in 14k gold valued at $230
- An 18k gold charm with the woman's name in Arabic, attached to a 20-inch 18k gold chain valued at $400.
The couple contacted Dale, who said Tommy, his assistant, took the items and sold them in Alabama.
The couple provided a Fort Walton Beach investigator a detailed list of the missing items and he checked a database that indicated Dale had recently pawned items that were "very similar in description to the items (the couple) described" the report said.
The items were sold to two pawn shops. The investigator went to one and found two Panda coins and a Dewalt drill. The owner said Dale called him and asked if he could buy back the items for the same amount the shop paid him, but they were unable to reach an agreement.
At the other shop, the owner said Dale pawned two tool sets, one of which matched the description of the couple's missing set. Items inside the set confirmed it belonged to the couple. The woman was also able to identify the charms as hers.
The investigator obtained transaction forms that had Dale's signature on each.
He was charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and falsifying a pawnbroker transaction form.
His plea date was not listed on the arrest report.