Another person accuses suspect of alleged scams

Another alleged victim of an Altoona man accused of bilking people through a home improvement scam has come forward, according to Altoona police.

Sean P. Price, 25, of 110 16th St., was charged earlier this month in a half-dozen cases where police allege he took money to do odd jobs, from tree trimming to car repairs, but never actually did any work.

All those cases involved misdemeanor charges, but this week Price was charged with felony theft-related charges after another alleged victim came forward, according to Detective Cpl. Troy Wright.

According to police, Price took a check for $1,200 on March 31 from a resident on the 800 block of 36th Street. Price even gave the man a receipt and laid out what work he would do, police noted.

Price allegedly returned April 2 and said he needed more money to rent an unspecified piece of equipment and was given a check for $342. The next day, Price told the victim he needed more money and was given a check for $300, and on April 9 Price was given a final check for $405 after he told the man he needed even more money to complete the work, police said.

Price allegedly never returned, and when the resident tried calling him, Price’s phone had been disconnected.

Price, who is already on probation for previous scams involving driveway paving and is still facing charges from 2013 in Blair County Court, was arraigned on seven new cases Wednesday and remanded to Blair County Prison.

Price also waived preliminary hearings on the cases Wednesday and is being held on a probation detainer. His next court date is slated for June in Blair County Court.