A wanted Alabama man charged with stealing and pawning construction equipment from Aberdeen construction sites is being held on $20,000 bond at the Harford County Detention Center.
David J. Turbeville Jr., 43, is charged with nine counts of theft less than $1,000, one count of theft less than $100 and one count of theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000.
During a hearing for a fugitive warrant for Turbeville, District Court Judge Victor K. Butanis said it was likely Turbeville would skip the Harford county trial if allowed to return to his hometown.
Turbeville, who lives in Bay Minette, Ala., is considered a flight risk, according to the Harford County assistant state's attorney.
"I don't think he will appear," Butanis said to Turbeville's public defender Tatiana David during the Oct. 30 hearing. "Harford will end up issuing a warrant for his arrest anyway."
David said her client has never failed to appear for a court date. Turbeville is considered a fugitive and is wanted in Alabama.
During the time of the thefts, Turbeville was working as a foreman for MAJ Construction, who reported several items stolen.
Between Oct. 4 and Oct. 16, Turbeville sold nine items to three different pawn shops in Harford County. The items included a hammer drill, stud gun, 5,000-watt generator and power grinder worth $2,810, according to charging documents.
The three pawn shops, Clark Loan &Jewelry, J&K Pawn Associates and Bank of Memories, reported losses totaling $560.
According the case records, Turbeville failed to report to work on Oct.11 and had not been seen or heard from since.
Turbeville had been living in hotels and apartments in Aberdeen while working for the construction company, according to his public defender.
Butanis set Turbeville's bail at $20,000.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun