Sheriff’s Office

ARREST MADE BE DILIGENT WHEN PAYING FOR MATERIALS AND LABOR - April 9, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 Polk County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 30-year old Joshua Auten, of Grimes, today on a charge of second degree theft. It has been reported that materials were purchased by one of his clients for an agreed upon construction project. When additional materials were requested in order to complete the project, it was discovered that some of those previously purchased materials were no longer present at the job site. The client became suspicious and contacted law enforcement.

Research and references can be helpful any time a person is hiring an individual or business. Whether it is for a home improvement project, vehicle repair, yard work, or other labor, a clear agreement is recommended. In order to reduce the chances of becoming a victim, one should perform due diligence when searching for a laborer.

Beware of solicitors offering to perform work without the client initiating a request. Clients should keep good records and make sure their expectations are met. If something seems suspicious, concerns should be addressed with the laborer. If the situation seems to be contain a criminal element, such as theft or fraud, contact local law enforcement.

Please note that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is not guilty until and unless determined by a court of law.

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