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8/22/2013 9:32:00 PM
Man charged with unauthorized use of John Deere loader
By Patti Weaver, Journal Correspondent

A Perkins man has been charged by District Attorney Tom Lee with the unauthorized use of a John Deere loader that had been rented by an energy company from a Stillwater firm.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday when the felony charge was filed against Thomas Joseph Hennessey III, 24, in the incident alleged to have occurred five months ago.

Payne County Sheriff's Deputy Doyle Carey wrote in an affidavit filed Thursday that on March 12 he was asked by Investigator Larry Kitchel to follow up on a stolen backhoe from Kinnunen Rentals in Stillwater.

"The backhoe had been recovered just south of 68th and Lawson and GPS tracking had placed it," behind a house in rural Yale, the affidavit said.

A woman at that location said that her brother, Hennessey, "has been at her residence on Saturday working on their septic system," the affidavit alleged.

"She stated he brought a piece of equipment that was big and yellow, but she did not know for sure what it was," the affidavit alleged.

She said "he told them he borrowed the equipment from his employer, Ambrose Construction. She stated that he took it from their residence Saturday and told them he was taking it to another Ambrose location," the affidavit alleged.

"I spoke with Thomas Hennessey via phone and requested that he come to the Sheriff's Office to speak with me," the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

"Hennessey told me he had borrowed the backhoe on Saturday (in March) from Calyx Energy, and forgotten to call and tell them. He told me he would come in and talk to me," the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

"I spoke with Greg Hughes with Kinnunen Rentals and he confirmed that the backhoe was rented by Calyx Energy. Hughes also stated he wished to press charges against Hennessey.

"I spoke with a representative of Calyx Energy who told me Hennessey did not have permission to have the backhoe and had not called to tell anyone he had taken it," the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

"Hennessey told me he had taken the backhoe from the Calyx location at 92nd and Mehan because his brother's pickup was stuck on Dunkin Road just east of Highway 108," the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

"Hennessey told me he took it to his sister's house," in rural Yale, the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

"Hennessey stated he concealed the backhoe behind her house while he worked on his brother's pickup," the affidavit alleged.

"He stated from there he took the backhoe just south of 68th and Lawson on a lease road and left it there," the affidavit alleged.

If convicted of unauthorized use of the John Deere loader, Hennessey could be given a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, according to the charge filed by the district attorney on Aug. 15.

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