A warrant was issued this 7 days for the apprehension of David L. Patton, 67, of Clarion County.

According to a prison grievance written by Officer Jason Loose of the Kiskiminetas Township Law enforcement Section, filed with the office of Leechburg Magisterial District Judge James Andring, Patton took an progress payment for operate on a dwelling in the township and didn’t finish the work.

In the affidavit of possible induce, Loose wrote he was on duty at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 when he produced get hold of with an individual at the station to file a report about a theft at the household along Aged Point out Highway in the municipality. The girl mentioned she experienced bought the residence at the aforementioned site and experienced contracted with David Patton to total some renovations to the home.

She furnished Unfastened with a copy of the estimate, which Patton proposed for the operate to be accomplished, for a total of $43,000.

Patton demanded a deposit of $16,000 to start the renovation, Loose wrote.

Unfastened wrote that the house owner paid Patton with a cashier’s examine from PNC Lender in the amount of money of $16,000 to start out operate and order substance on Aug. 20, 2020. She said Patton began perform on the residence on Aug. 21, commencing with the roof, but never finished the roof or any other place needing advancement, as indicated in the arrangement for the do the job.

The home owner stated she attempted to call Patton quite a few situations by telephone, without the need of accomplishment, and also stated she has several textual content messages involving her and Patton concerning the perform that was not concluded, which she furnished, as written in the grievance.

Free filed one felony demand of dwelling enhancement fraud and one particular felony charge of theft by deception in opposition to Patton with the place of work of MDJ Andring.

According to court docket documents and a spokeswoman for the office of MDJ Andring, no preliminary listening to day had been established for Patton. Nevertheless, in an unrelated situation, a listening to is scheduled for March 16 for Patton in advance of Andring on two counts of producing terrible checks.

Anne Cloonan is a workers reporter for the Leader Occasions, a Sample Information Group sibling of The Indiana Gazette. She can be achieved at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected]