Bethel man arrested in wood splitter theft


WOODSTOCK — A Bethel man was arrested Monday for taking a wood splitter from the garage of a Woodstock woman he knew.

Joseph W. Patenaude II, 23, of East Bethel Road, was arrested on one count of burglary and one count of theft for entering an unlocked garage in Bryant Pond and taking the machine.

According to a report by Deputy Sullivan Rizzo of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, a woman called to report Patenaude asked if he could use her wood splitter in exchange for snowplowing. She’d told him that she didn’t want to make a deal until he returned four tires and rims that belonged to her.

On Sunday night, she noticed the wood splitter missing. She told Rizzo she never indicated that Patenaude could be on her property or take the splitter.

Rizzo said he went to Patenaude’s residence where he saw the wood splitter in plain view. The owner came over and identified it as hers.

Rizzo located Patenaude and arrested him.

Patenaude’s bail was originally set at $2,500 cash. On Wednesday, he was released on personal recognizance. His arraignment is set for May 7.

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