MAMMOTH SPRING -- A Harrison, Ark., man will be in Mammoth Spring City Court Sept. 14 to answer theft charges.
John D. Croslin, 37, is accused of taking a $500 check from an elderly Mammoth Spring resident by deception.
Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis said on Aug. 5 Croslin stopped at the home of Irene Tucker at 1960 Main Street in the city and offered to cut a tree down in her yard for her. Tucker told Davis that Croslin cut a couple of limbs and stopped. He then demanded $500 and left the residence after Tucker gave him a $500 check.
"He cashed the check at Simmons Bank in town where he was identified by bank employee Charles Healy who requested a copy of his driver's license as he thought the check was suspicious," Davis said.
Davis said this was not the first complaint he has had by elderly residents in the city regarding Croslin.
"All complaints have come from elderly women living alone," he said.
The police chief warns local resident to be wary of people offering services that sound too good to be true. He said they usually are.
"Anyone that thinks they have not received the services they have paid for should call the police station and we will investigate the situation," Davis said.