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Deputies: Man tried to steal one-ton wood splitter with small pickup

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man after he allegedly confessed to the unusual theft of a one-ton wood splitter.

According to the Sheriff's Department, 32-year-old Adam Wayne Davis showed up at a property in rural Washington County on Thursday morning, a couple hours after a family reported seeing a pickup drive away with their wood splitter, asking for the same machine to be returned to him. Upon further questioning, deputies said Davis confessed to stealing the splitter.

Steve Peneyra, who actually owns the wood splitter, said he woke up to the sound of an engine revving repeatedly near his home around 4 a.m. and later noticed scratches and indentations in the road leading away from his house, and straight to where deputies recovered the machine. Peneyra figured the machine's old tires must have blown, leaving the suspect dragging the trailer's metal wheels over the road.

That theory was confirmed, Peneyra said, when he saw the wood splitter's battered wheels.

"I thought nobody would ever take it. It's very heavy. It probably weighed as much as his little pickup truck that was dragging it away," said Peneyra.

Davis faces charges of theft and criminal trespass. He is being held on a $8,500 bond.

He has a number of previous arrests, dating back to 2000 when he was arrested twice for DUII before he was 21 years old. Already this year, he was convicted of criminal trespass and arrested on DUII charges.

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