Not so handy man’s hands become sticky

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: A handyman allegedly stole his employer’s trailer full of tools after the employer became dissatisfied with his work.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A handyman whose work wasn’t up to par per his employer allegedly absconded with his boss’ property.

According to a Safford Police report, a Safford man hired a man by the name of James Packard to perform work on some of his rental homes. To assist in that endeavor, the man provided Packard with a trailer valued at $2,500 filled with tools valued at $2,000.

After becoming unsatisfied with Packard’s work, the victim requested Packard return his trailer and tools. Two weeks went by without the request being honored, and the victim was informed that Packard may have left the state for Oklahoma with the trailer and tools in tow.

The trailer is described as being white and brown with brown wooden siding. Packard and the trailer were last seen by the employer June 2. 

On Saturday, a Thatcher officer visited the Thatcher address for Packard where he previously kept the trailer but it was not located.

The employer was given a stolen vehicle affidavit and victim rights form.