Police: Man scammed elderly
An Altoona man convicted last year of scamming people is back in jail and facing new charges.
Shawn P. Price, 25, of 110 16th St., was arrested Friday and lodged in Blair County Prison for a parole violation and faces charges by Altoona police that he took money from elderly victims for odd jobs but never did any work.
In one case, Price allegedly approached an elderly woman in the parking lot of a store and told her he was a mechanic, and from listening to her car, he could tell it needed a “tune up.”
According to Altoona police Detective Sgt. Troy Wright, Price told the woman he would follow her home and do the work there. But after popping the hood, Price told the woman he needed $241 for parts and received a check.
Price allegedly cashed the check immediately but never returned. Police noted Price did return $125 to the woman after he learned the police were called and even promised to bring by the rest of the money the next day. Price never repaid the remaining money, police said.
Wright said Price confessed to bilking the woman as well as other similar scams. Price said he used the money to buy heroin, Wright added.
According to police, Price approached an elderly man on the 1600 block of Crawford Avenue on Feb. 22 and offered to do some tree trimming for $100. Police said Price didn’t perform any work for the man.
Price allegedly took a total of $398, paid in numerous checks, from an elderly couple on the 1600 block of South 14th Street between Feb. 26 and March 4, and on March 30, Price was allegedly paid $220 by a woman on the 5700 block of Maryland Avenue for various odd jobs.
Police said Price never did any work for any of the victims.
Price was convicted last year of cheating victims in a driveway sealer scam and was sentenced to two years’ probation.