An arrest warrant has been issued for a masonry contractor accused of taking money from an Apollo man to repoint the chimney on a home he owns and then never showing up to do the work.
Timothy Keith Tarr, 36, of the 200 block of Mayo Street in Salem Township is being sought to face felony charges of engaging in deceitful business practices, theft by deception and accepting payment for work that was not performed, according to court records.
The charges were filed by Apollo police on May 31 at District Judge James Andring’s office, but Tarr has not yet been taken into custody, according to the judge’s staff.
Tarr is the owner of Point Right Masonry in Salem.
Tarr’s company has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau for failing to have a current state contractor license. His license expired in March, according to investigators. Tarr’s business also has not been accredited by the organization.
A Second Street resident told police that he signed a contract in October 2020 to have Tarr repoint the chimney on a house he owns on Terrace Avenue.
He told police he paid Tarr a $4,500 deposit and that within a few days, Tarr showed up to erect scaffolding around the home but did not do any pointing work and never returned, according to a criminal complaint.
The man told the police he contacted Tarr numerous times but the contractor never came out to do the work, so he hired another contractor to do the project, the complaint said.
Andring issued a civil judgment ordering Tarr to repay the money, investigators said. The man has not been able to collect the money from Tarr, who left his scaffolding on the property, according to the complaint.
Police said Tarr has an extensive criminal history.
According to court records, Tarr’s previous convictions include:
• June 10: Guilty plea for five felony counts of burglary filed by state police in Greensburg. He was sentenced to five years probation.
• March 2015: Guilty plea for one count of receiving stolen property filed by Greensburg police. He was sentenced to one year on probation.
• September 2011: Guilty plea, one count of illegally obtaining food stamps filed by the state Attorney General’s Office. He was sentenced to a year’s probation.
• May 2010: Guilty plea, felony criminal conspiracy as well as drug possession filed by state police. He was sentenced to four to 23 months in jail.
• April 2010: Guilty plea for a count of receiving stolen property filed by Greensburg police. He was sentenced to a year’s probation.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune Review staff writer. You can contact Tony by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .