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Rent a Husband founder sues Ace Hardware

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The founder of Rent a Husband, Kalle Warren Jr., has filed a lawsuit against Ace Hardware and his former attorneys in a Portland, Maine, Superior Court, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald. He is seeking $200 million plus punitive damages.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office dropped all criminal charges against Warren last month after he agreed to pay $2 million to settle claims that he duped investors in his home-repair business. Warren, who did not admit guilt as part of the settlement, also agreed to seek damages from his former law firms, whom he says gave him bad legal advice and guidance on obtaining investors.

Ace Hardware, which entered into a business venture with Warren and Rent a Husband and was planning to offer the service nationally, according to media reports, has also been named in the civil suit as part of the Attorney General’s settlement. 

In the lawsuit, Warren claims that the criminal charges have adversely affected his career and business.

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Dealer-turned-commando stops alleged thief

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The owner of a hardware store in Everett, Wash., determined to get back a high-end nail gun, took a wild ride through traffic on March 7 but eventually accomplished his mission with the help of bystanders and some duct tape.

The story, published in the Herald Net, began when Rick Wilson saw a man leave Manor Hardware and Construction Supply with a $400 nail gun he had allegedly not purchased. Wilson chased the suspect to his car, and when the suspect began to drive off, Wilson reached in to grab the keys. 

As a former first sergeant for an Army Reserve psychological operations unit who has spent four years in combat zones fighting insurgents, Wilson was not about to give up. He continued to wrestle with the driver, who threw an occasional punch his way as they swerved through traffic.

Wilson was eventually able to grab the steering wheel and veer the car off the road. Other drivers surrounded the vehicle to block it in. The suspect then fled on foot, with Wilson in pursuit. He was tackled, and a crowd of bystanders helped truss up the alleged thief with duct tape provided by a nearby business. 

The suspect, Gary Sargent, 28, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $25,000.

Wilson told the Herald Net that his wife was angry with him but it was all worth it because, “I just don’t like thieves.”

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Hardware store burglar arrested — four years later

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A man accused of breaking into a hardware store in Flint, Mass., was arrested on the fourth anniversary of the burglary, according to an article in the Herald News.

Gary Medeiros Jr., 22, was taken into custody on March 15 and charged with breaking and entering with the intent of committing a felony. Police say he broke into Flint Hardware on March 15, 2007, and stole cash and a birdcage holding finches.

Investigators from Fall River, Mass., arrested Medeiros after receiving information from the state crime laboratory that fingerprints and blood evidence taken from the scene allegedly matched the suspect’s.

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