PALM BAY, Florida – On Wednesday, officers arrested John McKessey of Mack’s Electric Service, Inc. on a Grand Theft charge after being accused of keeping the money for a job he never finished, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.
The victim, Cheryl Smith Realty, said she hired McKessey in November 2017 to install outdoor lighting in the parking lot. McKessey allegedly told Cheryl Smith that he would order the outdoor lights for $4,000 and gave a 1-2 week delivery, according to the police report.
However, once the money was given to McKessey, “he stopped returning Cheryl’s phone calls and eventually stopped returning to work to finish out the job he was working,” the report said.
“Cheryl sent dozens of text, emails, certified letters with no response from John,” the officer said.
The victim showed police the text messages which showed Cheryl asking the status of the lights several times. At one point, McKessey changed the delivery time to 6-8 weeks. Soon after, he stopped answering Cheryl, according to the affidavit.
Police then contacted McKessey about the outdoor lights. He stated he did not order them. The officer told McKessey that he saw text messages telling Cheryl that he did order the lighting. McKessey then changed his story, stating that he ordered them, but then canceled the order “due to an argument between him and Cheryl,” the arrest affidavit said.
McKessey said he was upset that Cheryl owed him $1,050 for another job, so he kept the $4,000, the report said.
The officer stated that anything else besides the $4,000 is a civil matter, and “this makes his excuse as to why he kept the $4,000 invalid,” the affidavit said.
When police asked McKessey for his full name, he “ultimately hung up on me,” the officer said.
John McKessey was taken into custody for grand theft and transported to the Brevard County Jail.
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