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City police arrest local man in holiday scam
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Smithville police arrested a local man Thursday on charges that he was running a holiday scam using the name of a local church.Police arrested 54-year-old Gregory Scott Redmon of Midway Road and charged him with theft of property under $500 (by fraud) after he allegedly collected almost $100 from local residents under the pretense that he was was taking donations for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Children's Fund Drive.Authorities said no such fund drive exists.The arresting officer reportedly found Redmon with a coffee can containing $95 in cash and checks.According to the police report, callers complaining of a suspicious character collecting money in a Maxwell House coffee can, supposedly for the church charity, brought officers to East Broad Street to investigate at around 4 p.m.When Patrolman Matt Farmer and Detective Matt Holmes stopped a vehicle matching the description callers provided, they found Redmon to be the driver.The clothing Redmon was wearing matched the description given, and a coffee can was found on the front seat of the car with Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Fund Drive marked on the lid, the report said.Police reportedly checked with church officials, who told them that no such drive was being conducted.The report said Redmon then told police that he was with the church in Watertown.When the Watertown pastor was contacted, he allegedly told investigators that he knew Redmon, but he was not affiliated with any fund-raising activities at that location either.Patrolman Farmer’s report said that when he told Redmon that the money and coffee can would be held until the investigation was completed, Redmon said, "But this is my Christmas money! I mean the church's money... Well, most of the money is mine except for the check and a couple of dollars.”Redmon was given a receipt for the can and money, and was arrested for theft by fraud.His bond was set at $3,500 and he will appear in court on Jan. 3.