A 41-year-old Belleview man was arrested after he stole building materials from his employer and attempted to re-sell them at a discounted price.
On Friday, February 25, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was contacted by a manager who worked at Marion Masonry Materials of Ocala (3855 NE 35th Street) regarding a recent theft of building materials that was discovered.
The manager stated that one of the company’s employees, David Michael Spriggs, had reached out to two of the company’s customers and offered to sell them building materials at a discounted price.
According to the manager, Spriggs had contacted the first customer and asked if any materials were needed. The customer responded by saying “no.” After the call with Spriggs ended, the customer immediately called the manager to report the incident.
Spriggs then called a second customer and offered to sell materials from Marion Masonry at a discounted price. He sent the customer text messages which included pictures of the items that were for sale.
The manager advised that the company was missing five rolls of concrete wire mesh (valued at $299/roll) and approximately 80 pieces of rebar (valued at $14.15/each). The total value of the missing materials was $2,627.
The second customer sent a text message to Spriggs and agreed to purchase materials from him. A delivery was scheduled on Wednesday at a location on SE 159th Lane in Summerfield.
On Wednesday at around 9 a.m., the customer contacted the deputy and advised that Spriggs was heading to the delivery location with the materials. Several MCSO sergeants, an MCSO detective, and the deputy responded to the scene.
The deputy observed a Marion Masonry delivery vehicle which stopped 100 yards away from the location. Spriggs exited the vehicle and was beginning to unstrap the materials when the deputy approached him.
When asked what he was doing, Spriggs stated that he was dropping off the materials, and he claimed that the delivery was for Marion Masonry.
The deputy read Spriggs his Miranda warning, and he stated that he “really messed up.” The deputy asked if he was really delivering for Marion Masonry, and he responded by saying, “No.”
Spriggs admitted that he stole the materials and was attempting to sell everything to make some extra money. He also admitted to contacting several customers of Marion Masonry in an attempt to sell the stolen materials.
The estimated value of the materials that Spriggs had brought to the delivery location in Summerfield was just over $1,100.
Spriggs told the deputy that he knew the theft was wrong and he stated that he’s “going to pay for it.”
The manager confirmed that the delivery Spriggs was attempting was not part of the deliveries that were scheduled for the company that day.
Spriggs was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $4,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft (less than $5,000) and dealing in stolen property.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.