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Kingsport man arrested in alleged roofing scam

Rain Smith • May 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

A Kingsport man has been arrested on felony theft charges after allegedly

scamming a 65-year-old city resident out of nearly $3,500.

Police records state the suspect presented himself as a roofing contractor to

the victim, agreeing more than a year ago to put in a skylight at his rental

property. He collected his payments and agreed to begin construction shortly

thereafter, according to an incident report, but never showed up again.

On Thursday morning Jeffrey Lynn Combs, 38, of 1565 Greenfield Ave., turned

himself in to Kingsport police. In February on this year the victim of the

alleged scam contacted investigators, claiming he and Combs had entered into an

agreement in January of 2012.

A total of $3,492.53 in payments were allegedly given to Combs. The victim

said that each time he contacted Combs he always "promised" to soon begin work

at the property on Willowbrook Drive. In his February report to police, the

victim said he had been unable to reach Combs since July or August.

KPD detectives obtained a warrant charging Combs with theft of more than

$1,000, a felony offense. He reportedly agreed to come to the police department

Thursday, was arrested and booked into the city jail.

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