James C. Strauch, 44, New London, is charged with burglary, theft and obstructing an officer.
On Dec. 23, 2013, Deputy James Santiago was dispatched to a home on the N6700 block of U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Lebanon.
He met with the owner who reported his chain saw was missing. The owner said he had gone into his garage and found the empty saw case in the middle of the floor.
The chain saw was described as a Stihl 440 Magnum with a 30-inch extended bar on it. The owner had also etched a round file mark into the right side of the metal handle.
The owner suspected another man, who had called to borrow the chain saw a few months earlier, then taken it without permission. He had called this man, demanded that he return it immediately and later found it in the breezeway between his house and garage.
Santiago spoke with the man who had taken the chain saw without permission. He admitted to taking the chain saw but said he returned it.
On Feb. 13, 2014, the owner reported that a friend had seen his chain saw at Strauch’s home in the Northport area.
Santiago went there and found a chain saw that matched the description of the one reported stolen.
Strauch said he purchased the chain saw for $700 from an Ogdensburg dealer, but had no receipt. The item’s serial number had been removed.
The chain saw was seized as evidence and subsequently returned to the owner.