Omaha police are asking the public to help find a suspected thief. An 80-year-old man says Edward Mason came to his home last week claiming he had done work on his roof within the past year. Mason was allowed access to the roof and talked the man into fixing some damage for $7,000.
The victim tells police he felt overwhelmed and wrote Mason a check for $7,000. Mason left the house at 1pm. A bank surveillance camera snapped a picture of Mason cashing the check 21 minutes later.
Mason claimed he found a hole in the man’s roof, a dead squirrel, and damaged insulation. Police found no damage.
Detectives believe Mason is currently in Omaha where he will face a charge of felony theft by deception.
Mason is also wanted in Des Moines, Iowa for two counts of larceny. He is wanted in Minneapolis, Minnesota for fraud. He is also wanted in Davenport, Iowa for violating his parole.
Anyone with information about Mason’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 402-444-5657.