Florida man accused of stealing over $39,000 worth of items from an office space
Saturday, January 4th 2020, 12:26 PM EST by Katelyn Massarelli
Updated: Saturday, January 4th 2020, 12:27 PM EST
A Naples man was arrested for moving more than $39,000 worth of fixtures and furniture from his former office space.
NAPLES, Fla. - A Naples man was arrested for moving more than $39,000 worth of fixtures and furniture from his former office space.
Donald Stevenson, 48, hired two other men to remove two toilets, numerous light switches, cabinets, countertops, shower fixtures, light fixtures, and several wires were cut, according to Naples police.
They also removed the front office door.
The property manager of a Naples center told officers he was in the process of evicting a tenant who was using one of the suites for his business.
Stevenson ran his business Don Stevenson Design Inc. from the suite, acording to police. He was a tenant for almost four years.
Stevenson was three months behind on rent and owed $8,109.64, Naples police said. Stevenson was served an eviction notice by the Collier County Sheriff's Office in October 2019.
Video footage caught two men removing items from the suite on Oct. 26. Police found the men at the center, and they told police they were hired by Stevenson to remove the items because the center did not pay for them.
Stevenson paid the two men $3,400 for the move. The property manager said to Naples police that Stevenson made improvements to the suite space and was reimbursed $39,999 for it.
Significant damage was caused by the removal, including exposed wires and plumbing holes left open to sewage pipes where the toilets were, Naples police said.
Detectives talked to Stevenson and he admitted he was reimbursed for the items removed from the suite, and that it was all in a storage closet at his new office space.
Stevenson was arrested for Grand Theft between $20,000-100,000 and was taken to Naples Jail Center.