Maintenance man charged in property theft
Farmer Staff Writer
A Watford City man has been charged with three felonies following theft of property from an apartment complex garage.
Two families living in the Pheasant Ridge apartment complex went to their garages on Jan. 21, and found them completely emptied of their belongings. The two couples share an apartment, but each rented its own garage. Upon finding all of their belongings missing, they contacted the Watford City Police Department (WCPD) to report their missing property.
Upon arrival, officers saw that both garages had been completely emptied and began an investigation to locate the missing property.
The property manager of the complex was contacted and it was found that due to a paperwork error, it appeared to the manager that no one had authority to use those garages, so maintenance worker Todd Allen Foster was asked to empty both garages and put all the items into garage 114, a separate garage for a standard 30 day hold. Management explained that if property is left in an unoccupied garage or apartment, standard procedure is to move it to garage 114 and hold it for 30 days. If after 30 days the property still has not been claimed, then the items of value are kept to be sold and the other items are thrown away.
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