Deputies arrested an East Naples man Sunday and charged him with stealing cleaning and gardening equipment from his employer and then pawning the items.
Arrest reports say Eli Samuel Melendez-Mendez, 45, 918 Coconut Circle, stole a pressure washer, buffer/polisher and weed cutter from Leslie P. Marsh, 45. Mendez-Melendez works as a driver for Marsh, who owns a baby supply distributing business in East Naples, reports said.
Marsh told deputies that on Thursday she found pawn receipts for the stolen items inside her work truck that Melendez-Mendez uses for deliveries. Melendez-Mendez’s name was on the receipts, reports said.
Marsh said she then checked her bank account and discovered that Melendez-Mendez forged her name on two separate checks for $200 on March 26 and for $300 on April 1, reports said.
Deputies arrested Melendez-Mendez and charged him with grand theft and dealing in stolen property, according to arrest reports.