Man accused of stealing $2K in tools

Charles A. Beens was charged in Island County Superior Court with theft in the second degree.

A man from Minnesota is accused of stealing nearly $2,000 in tools from his employer last year, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Charles A. Beens of Brainerd, Minn., in Island County Superior Court Sept. 30 with theft in the second degree.

A Clinton man who owns a plumbing company on Whidbey Island reported to the Island County Sheriff’s Office that Beens was a new employee and had been living at the Harbor Inn in Freeland.

Been worked at a job site in Greenbank that had not gone well and the owner fired him. Beens returned to the job site at night and stole several Milwaukee drills, batteries and other equipment, according to the report written by a deputy.

Beens allegedly sold the tools to another man, but the deputy was unable to contact either of them. Beens reportedly returned to Minnesota.

None of the tools were located at local pawn shops, the report states.

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