NEW PORT RICHEY — Deputies say the homeless man took his chainsaws in twos.
On Monday, for the second time in a week, 38-year-old Timothy Wayne Freeman bolted from the Home Depot on Little Road holding two chainsaws he had taken off the shelves, deputies said.
When an employee tried to stop Freeman, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states, he rammed her with his shoulder and ran out the door.
The employee later told deputies she recognized Freeman because he had made off with two other chainsaws the week before.
An off-duty deputy also tried to stop Freeman, the report states, but he tossed the chainsaws into the back of a waiting pick-up truck and fled east.
Deputies caught Freeman after he took off his shirt and threw it into a bush, ran into a nearby restaurant and tried to escape out the back door, the report states.
A warrants check showed that Freeman had been released from prison less than a year ago, after serving time on a grand theft charge.
He was arrested on a charge of robbery and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail where he remained Tuesday in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Alex Orlando can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.