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Frederick man charged with stealing and reselling materials to his employer

Sept. 2 – A Frederick man made thousands of dollars stealing and reselling plumbing materials and tools from a Thurmont business where he worked, police said.

Terrence T. Foreman, 42, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with 15 counts of robbery, according to a Thurmont Police Department news release.

Authorities said Foreman’s movements were tracked by GPS as he drove a work truck.

Police said the total amount of the theft was approximately $19,000.

Foreman was released on his own recognizance, meaning he promised to appear in court, Deputy Chief Allen Droneburg said.

There were no attorneys listed for Foreman in online court records Thursday morning.

According to the charging documents, Michael Late, the owner of Mick’s Plumbing and Heating in Thurmont, called police on August 3 to report that a warehouse was missing plumbing supplies and tools.

Late could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Late told police that Foreman had recently started working for him, according to charging documents.

Shortly after Foreman started, Late noticed that the rolling doors to the storage area were unlocked in the morning and items and materials were missing. Late began closing the doors from the inside, but the ties would be severed by the morning, according to charging documents.

Foreman was borrowing one of the store’s trucks, which had a GPS device, Late told police while loading documents. Using GPS, Late discovered that Foreman was making trips during work hours to scrap sites in and around Frederick, according to charging documents.

Late also followed Foreman to Mick’s Plumbing in the middle of the night, according to charging documents. At the store, Foreman allegedly entered the store, broke the ties on the roll-up door and stole the items inside, according to charging documents. Foreman had a set of shop keys, that’s how he would get in.

Police found that in addition to the scrap metal spots, Foreman went to pawnshops. The serial numbers of the pawned items matched those of the items stolen from the store, according to billing documents.

Police confirmed with the junkyards that the items Foreman sold were from the company, according to the charging documents.

Foreman allegedly made about 14 transactions from May to July, with the theft totaling about $19,000, Droneburg said.

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