Fresno man allegedly steals construction equipment to start business

June 26, 2013 12:20:33 AM PDT
Fresno police have captured a suspected thief accused of stealing enough construction equipment, that he could have started his own business. And they say that's exactly what he planned to do.

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Investigators say Gregory Baronian made off with more than $215,000.00 in property from various construction companies, including an excavator, backhoe, and a bulldozer.

They say he intended to start his own excavating business using the stolen equipment. Baronian is charged with 16 counts in connection with the strange heist.

Police say Baronian was arrested at a home in Northwest Fresno last week. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney says there's no evidence that Baronian stole any of the equipment.


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