New Hampshire man Ruben Pavon stands accused of stealing items from a charity-driven thrift store that gives to soldiers and local children. Pavon claims that the store’s name, Finders Keepers, was misleading and understood the items to be free.
"I thought it was there for the taking,” he said, “The sign did say 'Finders Keepers.'”
Pavon first stole a DVD player, and later returned with his son to take a grill.
"I grabbed the box," Pavon told the station. "It was a fire pit, something like that. It turned into a grill, and I took it home."
Laura Barker, the store’s owner, refuses to believe Pavon’s claim. She said his excuse was suspicious because he didn’t ask for help to load the grill and because he took the items at night, while the store was closed.
"I don't know of any stores where there's free stuff," she said.
Despite being caught on the store’s video surveillance, Pavon chose not to show his face on television.
"I just want to clear my name and say I'm not a bad dad," he said. "I'm the best dad in the world.”
The stolen items have since been returned to the thrift store. Police continue to investigate, and it is unclear whether charges will be filed.