Police searching for thief dubbed the ‘Faucet Fanatic’

Justin Daniel Snyder

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Authorities are searching for a Grove City man accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of high-end water faucets.

According to Columbus City Attorney’s Office, Justin Daniel Snyder, 25, is accused of stealing about $3,800 worth of Delta, Pfister, and Moen high-end, water efficient kitchen and bathroom faucets.

The city attorney’s office has dubbed him the “Faucet Fanatic” and named him the “Fugitive of the Week”.

“He’s probably selling them somewhere, whether that would bro on Craigslist, whether he has someone he’s selling it to, or whether he’s contracting and selling them on his own,” says Columbus 1st Assistant City Attorney Bill Hedrick.

He earned his nickname after a stretch of thefts where he stole two faucets a day from the same home improvement store for seven consecutive days in April.

“We are starting to see more ‘niche market’ serial thieves like this individual who are focusing on high volume thefts of very specific products,” said Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr.

“I’m sure there’s people out there buying them, just like you can anything else off the street,” says Zetler Hardware Manager Kyle Peterson.

NBC4 visited the Columbus mainstay to see how big a problem shoplifting can become. Zetler has been in Columbus more than 150 years, and has four local stores. Petersen says this type of theft hurts no matter how big your store is.

“Something we pay for, somebody takes it for free,” he says. “You’re always gonna lose out if you don’t get any money out of it.”

Lowe’s representatives say the store is actively working with local authorities.

According to Pfeiffer here are the dates and details for Snyder’s thefts:

  • On March 18, 2016, Snyder stole two Delta faucets worth a total retail value of $408 from a north side home improvement store.  According to reports, Snyder entered the store and took the faucets from the shelf and proceeded to the return desk where he asked about returning the faucets.  He then stated he forgot his ID and exited the store with the unpaid merchandise.
  • On April 22nd, Snyder stole a Pfister Ashfield and Delta Trask faucet valued at $651 from a Hilliard area home improvement store.
  • On April 23rd, Snyder stole two more Delta faucets from the same store, with the theft totaling $493.
  • On April 24th, Snyder stole another set of Delta faucets from the same store, this time the stolen merchandise was valued at $438.
  • On April 25th, Snyder struck the same store for a fourth day in a row when he stole a Moen Motionsense and a Delta Olmstead faucet worth a total retail value of $538.
  • On April 26th, Snyder struck the same store for a fifth day in a row when he stole a Delta Arc and a Delta Nyla faucet worth a total retail value of $428.
  • On April 27th, Snyder struck the same store for a sixth day in a row when he stole a Delta Arc and a Delta Windmere Orb faucet worth a total retail value of $438.
  • On April 28th, Snyder struck the same store for a seventh consecutive day when he stole a Delta Fuse and a Delta Windmere Orb faucet worth a total retail value of $418.

Snyder has not yet been arrested, but could face up to 180 days in jail. Anyone with information on Snyder is can call First Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick at 614.645.8874 or brhedrick@columbus.gov.

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