Worker Charged With Pawning Employer’s Equipment

ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) — An employee frustrated after the company he worked for delayed payment of wages is accused of pawning off the company’s equipment.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Anoka County, 49-year-old Robert Laidly was working on a project for D.F.W. Roofing company last October.

When Laidly and other employees were told by their project foreman that their payment would be delayed be a few days, Laidly expressed frustration, the charges state.

Not long after, the foreman noticed a piece of equipment — a robotic roofing welder worth almost $8,000 — had gone missing from the equipment trailer.

Investigators said records show Laidly pawned the welder at a pawn shop in Anoka on Oct. 25 for $800.

Laidly told investigators that he and the foreman had planned to pawn the item and split the amount, but he was frustrated over not getting paid.

Laidly said he only wanted to pawn it for the amount of wages he was owed.

  • Rizzo

    Why is this News if it happened in Oct last year?

    • Chris

      Probably because it took this long to investigate and charge him…
      Did you expect it to be headline news on Oct 25th?
      I am glad they caught up to him.

  • Steph

    The employees shouldn’t have had to wait ‘a few days’ for their payment. That is completely ridiculous! The work was done and the should’ve gotten their compensation. I certainly don’t agree with him stealing and pawning, but he probably had bills to pay NOW and was expecting his paycheck that day. I’d be ticked off too if my employer did that to me!


    I know of employees of a government contractor who are performing work at a higher grade but have been told they all can’t get their raises because HR is behind. How stupid is that since all 300 employees have to have Secret clearance and they only get $12.50 p/h..

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