Observer staff

A Union man has been arrested for allegedly stealing approximately $20,000 from a local business.

Joshua Ray Fitzpatrick, 39, was arrested Wednesday on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft, theft of services, first-degree theft and theft of mislaid property from incidents that spanned more than a two-month period, according to a press release from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the release, the business became aware of the thefts and a Union County Sheriff’s deputy took the initial report. UCSO detectives identified the suspect and were able to arrest him the same day.

Union County Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen declined to name the business or what Fitzpatrick allegedly stole due to the open case.

According to Fitzpatrick’s court records, he has a history of arrests that spans 20 years and mostly involves drug charges.

In August 2017, he was arrested for unlawful possession of meth, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

Fitzpatrick is being held at the Union County Jail. His bail was set at $40,000.