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August 30, 2005

Insulation company accuses competitor’s worker of theft

By MIKE JACCARINO Staff Writer, (609) 978-2010

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP - A local insulation firm is accusing a competing company's employee of swiping insulation from one of its work sites, but the accused says it's all a big mistake.

Four Seasons Insulation of Tuckerton filed a complaint of theft Aug. 25 against Steven Kaenzig of Clover Insulation, according to police.

The company says that Kaenzig is a former employee of Four Seasons Insulation, but was fired earlier this year for not showing up for work.

According to court documents, the company says that Kaenzig, 38, of Hammonton, made off with more than $1,000 worth of insulation from two work sites on Tradewinds Avenue in the Ocean Acres section of town.

Both Clover Insulation and Four Seasons Insulation are working for the Walters Group, the area's main developer.

Kaenzig later told police that he thought he was following the developer's instructions when he moved the insulation. But Eric Pritsch, Four Season's owner, isn't buying it.

"Clover isn't working in that development. That development is six or seven streets. They had no reason to be in there at all," Pritsch said. "It's over and over again with stuff getting stolen off jobs."

Four Season Insulation told police that they received a call early Aug. 25 from a worker saying that someone was pulling away with their insulation in a white truck.

The witness managed to get the truck's license plate number, which police traced back to Kaenzig. Kaenzig says it's all a mistake.

On Aug. 26, Kaenzig tried to return the insulation, but was told by a Walters Group official not to bother.

It is unknown if Four Seasons Insulation ever got its goods back, police said.

Police did not file the complaint, but said it is up to a judge to sort out whether Kaenzig really took the insulation in good faith. No court date has yet been set.

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