Warrant issued for Troy, N.Y., man wanted for alleged scam in Longmeadow
David Brakey, a employees of Zak's construction Service does the preliminary work before paving a driveway on Sunset Ave in Easthampton Thursday morning.
Longmeadow police issued a warrant Thursday for the arrest of a 54-year-old Troy, N.Y., man who was allegedly involved with scamming an elderly resident out of $1,200 after sealing his driveway with waste oil.
Police said John K. Williams III, whose last known address was 22 O’Neill St. in Troy, is wanted on charges of larceny by false pretenses and defacement of property.
Police allege Williams and another individual offered to seal an elderly resident’s driveway on Bliss Street in Longmeadow on April 23 with what they told the homeowner were materials left over from another job.
After completing the job in about 10 minutes, the men demanded $1,200 and received a check in that amount, which was quickly cashed at a local bank, according to police.
Police and a hazmat team later determined the material used to seal the man’s driveway was waste oil.
“It smells of oil, too,” said Longmeadow Police Capt. John Stankiewicz. “They got it all over the lawn. It was just a sloppy job.”
Stankiewicz said police were able to identify Williams through photos from the bank and through a photo array witness identification.
“They were tenacious about it,” he said of detectives involved with the case.
Stankiewicz said Williams has ties to Massachusetts. He noted that the Longmeadow Police Department has not had any other complaints involving driveway sealers or pavers going door to door.