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Pasco deputies: Plumber installed stolen appliance, pocketed payment

David Dornseif, 31, is charged with grand theft. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

David Dornseif, 31, is charged with grand theft. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

Times staff

HUDSON — The customers never suspected the plumber was a thief, deputies said, when he installed their water softener.

But according to a Pasco sheriff's report, David Dornseif, a plumber with RJ Kielty Plumbing in Hudson, stole a water softener from his employer. And after he installed it, he admitted to pocketing the $750 the customers paid.

Dornseif, 31, was arrested Monday, charged with grand theft. The report said he also stole a toilet and bathtub.

Those he kept for personal use.

The report said management at RJ Kielty knew nothing about Dornseif taking the softener and other items and didn't tell him to install the softener.

Dornseif was being held in Land O' Lakes jail Tuesday in lieu of $9,500 bail; $2,000 for the theft and $7,500 for a separate charge of battery by strangulation.

Pasco deputies: Plumber installed stolen appliance, pocketed payment 06/17/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:55pm]

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