Bulloch County Sheriff's investigators are seeking two men they believe stole over $20,000 worth of power construction tools from a man for whom they worked.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said warrants were issued for the arrest of Michael Edward Pye, 41, Windmill Road, Sylvania, and Steven Lee Boswell, 28, Burton's Ferry Road, Sylvania, for felony theft by conversion.
Pye is also charged with felony theft by deception and misdemeanor theft by deception. As the investigation continues, further charges may apply.
Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies responded to Riggs Mill Road Friday, Feb. 4, to a complaint that several power tools had been stolen, according to incident reports.
The complainant said he discovered a large quantity of power welders, air compressors, grinders, air chisels, air ratchets and other power tools had been stolen over a period of time.
The victim said he discovered two men who worked for him, Boswell and Pye, had pawned several items at area pawn shops that belonged to him, Anderson said.
"They basically did this over a period of several months," said Inv. Bill Black, who is heading the investigation. "They were even going to Lowes, charging items, and pawning them."
Some pawn shops told investigators the items pawned were new and still in the box, he said.
The victim, whom Anderson said is a Statesboro contractor, gave Pye and Boswell access to the power tools for use on the job, Black said.
Anderson said Black "was able to locate and recover a large percentage of the tools" and said pawn shops were fully cooperative with investigators in the matter.
Lookouts for Pye and Boswell have been posted and they have been entered into a national database, he said. However, investigators hope citizens will share information about the suspects' whereabouts.
All calls will remain confidential, he said. "Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. Bill Black at 764-8888." If Black is not immediately available, callers can speak with a warrants deputy, he said.