Handyman arrested for scamming elderly victims in Pinellas County

PINELLIS COUNTY DEPUTIES CAUGHT A MAN THEY BELIEVE SCAM SEVERAL ELDERLY VICTIMS AROUND THE COUNTY. INVESTIGATORS ARE WORRIED THERE COULD BE MORE VICTIMS. JAMEL LANEE' SPOKE TO ONE THEM HAVE LOST HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. Reporter: PINELLIS COUNTY DEPUTIES TELL US THERE ARE THREE VICTIMS IN THIS CASE SO FAR. ONE OF THEM THAT WE'RE SPEAKING TO RIGHT NOW SAYS THE SUSPECT, JUSTIN CRIST, BASICALLY CAME HERE, CLIPPED A COUPLE OF BUSHES, TOOK $700 AND NEVER CAME BACK.

PINELLIS COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY CRIST SCAM SEVERAL SENIOR CITIZENS OUT OF HUNDREDS. JOSEPH WAS ONE OF THEM. HE SAID CHRIS APPROACHED HIM AND ASKED IF HE COULD DO YARD WORK. HE SAYS THERE IS ABOUT $2000 WORTH OF WORK PROBABLY THAT COULD BE DONE AROUND AND I SAID WELL I'M NOT INTERESTED. HE SAID I WOULD DO IT FOR $700. Reporter: JOSEPH SAYS HE WAS GOING TO WRITE JUSTIN CRIST A CHECK BUT GAVE HIM CASH INSTEAD. IOP — I'LL PAY YOU CASH BUT I DON'T HAVE IT.

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SO HE DROVE ME DOWN TO THE WELLS FARGO. Reporter: WHEN THEY RETURNED TO HIS HOME, JOSEPH SAID HE WANTED A LIST OF ITEMS CRIST WAS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF. THE YARD, CLEANUP, THE TREES, BUSHES. Reporter: HE SAYS S&S CRIST HAD THE CHANCE, HE WAS OUT THE DOOR. I WILL GO AROUND BACK AND DO THE WORK. HE PICKED UP HIS OWN MONEY. THE SON OF A GUN. I KNEW RIGHT AWAY HE IS DOING ME SO I KIND OF HOPPED ALONG OUTSIDE BUT HE WAS GONE. I CAME RATE IN AND CALLED THE SHERIFF. INVESTIGATORS — Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY CRIST SCAM TO 67-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AFTER BEING GIVEN MONEY TO PURCHASE AND INSTALL AN ATTIC FAN. IN MARCH, HE WAS ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY TO PRESSURE WASH ANOTHER WOMAN'S HOME. CRIST WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK. JOSEPH HOPES HE PAYS FOR WHAT HE DID. Reporter: DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD STAY IN JAIL?.

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