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Bozeman man allegedly admits to employer he stole tools to support drug habit

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 16:17:05-05

A Bozeman man faces a felony theft charge after allegedly admitting he stole tools from his employer to sell for drug money.

David Nuttall, 42, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Wednesday. His bail was set at $10,000.

Court documents state a deputy with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report on Tuesday from a Bozeman-based excavation company that an employee had been stealing tools.

Nuttall, the employee, reportedly admitted to stealing tools and was on his way to the company office around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to court documents, when the deputy arrived the employer had a list of stolen items that Nuttall admitted to stealing, saying he had taken even more than was on the list.

Nuttall allegedly told the owner of the business he has a drug habit and was pawning the tools to support it.

Court documents state Nuttall was transported to the Law and Justice Center where, after being read his rights, he identified 54 items he stole from his employer that totaled more than $1,500.

Nuttall faces up to 10 years in prison and $50,000 in fines if convicted. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 7.