PITTSTON — City police are seeking help from the public in locating a man they say bilked an elderly woman out of $7,000.
Police say Scott Martin, 42, with a last known address of 60 E. Oak St., Pittston, has an active felony warrant filed against him in connection with charges of home improvement fraud and theft by deception.
Police allege that Martin took checks totaling at least $7,000 from a 74-year-old woman to do carpentry work on her residence and cashed the checks but never did any work. They say the theft took place in May 2013 but was not reported to police until November 2013.
Police said Martin was supposed to do general home improvement including, but not limited to, enclosing her upstairs apartment windows with screens and laying new carpet in the kitchen. The victim told police the cost was supposed to cover “anything that needed to be done” in the apartment she rents out.
After leaving multiple voice mails for Martin over the past few months, a police officer spoke with Martin via phone and Martin told the officer he stays “here and there,” but refused to give any further information as to his whereabouts. Martin also stated he would turn himself in, but never showed up to police headquarters, police said.
Police said Martin has not lived at his last known address on East Oak Street for some time.
Anyone with information should call Pittston city police at 570-654-2425.