BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man was arrested by the Baton Rouge Police Department Wednesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from someone who hired him as a contractor in May.
29-year-old Timothy Bergeron, of Denham Springs, was hired as a contractor in a verbal agreement in May by the victim who wanted a "commercial 5-ton air conditioner unit" installed at his business on 38th Street.
Bergeron told the victim it would $6,000 for the unit and installation. The victim paid Bergeron $4,500 with a check to cover the cost of the unit. Bergeron showed the victim a picture of the unit they thought they were buying and told the victim that it would be a few days before he could install it, claiming it was in New Orleans.
The victim contacted BRPD after he was unable to reach Bergeron several days later. During the investigation, detectives found evidence that Bergeron cashed the check at a bank.
Bergeron was arrested Wednesday and booked into parish prison on charges of contractors misapplication pay and felony theft. His bond was set at $15,000.
Bergeron was also arrested in July by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office on charges of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, five counts of theft of a firearm and five counts of theft by fraud.