- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office says it has arrested a man accused of taking $2,500 from a 91-year-old Longview, Washington, woman to fix a leaky window but doing no work.

Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says the repair man first demanded $1,200 up front. He returned a few days later and demanded $300 more. Then he demanded another $1,000, which the victim paid. When he told her he needed $2,500 more, a financial adviser stepped in and helped the victim cancel that check. The man never did any work for the victim, who was not identified by the sheriff’s office.

After the financial adviser stepped in to help the woman, a local window company told her the repair would cost about $400.

Rosenzweig says 44-year-old Chris McNicholas of Woodland was arrested Tuesday for investigation of both misdemeanor and felony theft.


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