A 41-year-old Belleview man was arrested after stealing building materials from his employer and attempting to resell them at a discount.
On Friday, February 25, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an official who worked at Marion Masonry Materials of Ocala (3855 NE 35th Street) regarding a recent theft of building materials that was discovered.
The manager said one of the company’s employees, David Michael Spriggs, contacted two of the company’s customers and offered to sell them building materials at a reduced price.
According to the manager, Spriggs contacted the first customer and asked if any equipment was needed. The customer responded by saying “no”. Once the call with Spriggs ended, the client immediately called the manager to report the incident.
Spriggs then called a second customer and offered to sell materials from Marion Masonry at a discount. He sent the customer text messages containing photos of the items for sale.
The manager advised that the company was short five rolls of concrete wire mesh (valued at $299/roll) and about 80 pieces of rebar (valued at $14.15/roll). each). The total value of missing materials was $2,627.
The second customer texted Spriggs and agreed to buy some gear from him. A delivery was scheduled for Wednesday to a location on SE 159th Lane in Summerfield.
Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, the client contacted the deputy and informed him 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 pull up 100 yards from the location. Spriggs got out of the vehicle and was beginning to loosen the materials when the deputy approached him.
When asked what he was doing, Spriggs said he was dropping off the materials and he claimed the delivery was for Marion Masonry.
The deputy read Spriggs his Miranda warning, and he said he “really screwed up.” The deputy asked if he was really delivering for Marion Masonry, and he responded by saying, “No.”
Spriggs admitted he stole the materials and was trying to sell them all to make extra money. He also admitted to contacting several Marion Masonry customers in an effort to resell the stolen materials.
The estimated value of the materials Spriggs brought to the delivery location in Summerfield was just over $1,100.
Spriggs told the deputy he knew the theft was wrong and he said he was “going to pay for it”.
The manager confirmed that the delivery Spriggs was trying to make was not among the company’s scheduled deliveries that day.
Spriggs was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $4,000 bond. He faces criminal charges for grand theft (under $5,000) and trafficking in stolen property.
A court date has not yet been set, according to prison records.