Arrest Warrant Issued in Home Improvement Scam

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LANCASTER, PA — The Manheim Township Police Department announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for 26-year-old Jonathon Robert Smith for Home Improvement Fraud.

The criminal complaint alleges that Victims 1 & 2 found Smith on Facebook and hired him to replace the front walkway, steps, and patio of their house. Smith started the job on December 21, 2021, and received payment in full of $2,700. He cashed the check the same day. He said he would return on December 29, 2021, but did not return. He said he would return, on several dates, but did not return at those times. Smith agreed to come back in April 2022 to finish the job. On April 11, 2022, he dropped off a worker who was at the residence for 2-3 hours but did not finish the job. Victims 1 & 2 attempted to contact Smith multiple times but he did not answer their calls or texts. They asked for a refund. Eventually, Smith blocked the victims’ numbers. Victim 3 had a similar experience with Smith. On April 4, 2022, Smith started work on victim 3’s garage. The same day victim 3 gave Smith $750 as a down payment. Smith cashed the check but never returned to finish the work for victim 3 even though the victim tried multiple times to contact him.

A criminal complaint was filed on March 13, 2023, and an arrest warrant was obtained. Jonathon Robert Smith remains a wanted person at this time. Any person knowing the whereabouts of Jonathon Robert Smith should call the Manheim Township Police Department at 717-569-6401 or provide information anonymously online here.

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