"Deconstruction," by David Dean, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2022.
This is the sixth appearance by my fellow SleuthSayer on this page.
Bruce is terribly excited to get his first permanent job as an electrician for a construction company. But problems start piling up. His coworker/roommate is a pothead who seems to only keep his job because the boss is his uncle. And then there is a lot of equipment from other contractors going missing. By the way, whatever happened to the guy Bruce replaced?
From the very beginning you can guess where this story is going but you will enjoy the trip.