Tamaqua police charge contractor with theft for second time

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Aug. 9 – TAMAQUA – Tamaqua Police have filed additional charges against a Mount Carmel contractor.

Police say Thomas J. Anello, 52, of 129 W. Girard St., has been charged with theft, theft by deception, making false statements to induce a deal for home improvements and receiving advance payment for the Services and not to provide the Services.

Police say Anello received $675 from a borough resident for construction work at 127 Market St. and did not perform the work or return the money.

Police say resident Tony Lanzalotti said he hired Anello to work on his patio at a cost of $1,850 and the job was poorly done.

During the second job, Lanzalotti paid the defendant $675 for work to be done under the bridge, but that work was never completed, Lanzalotti said.

Anello was earlier accused of receiving nearly $50,000 from a woman for a construction project he allegedly failed to complete in the Owl Creek section of the borough.

In that case, Anello was charged with one count each of theft by deception, making false statements to induce a home improvement deal and receiving advance payment for services and default to provide the services.

Police say that through his company, Xtreme Design LLC, Anello contracted the woman for more than $80,000 and received a check for $48,285.82.

Police said the woman’s check was for materials for the project Anello failed to complete.

The alleged victim reported to police that Anello had dug a trench to begin placing footings, but had suddenly stopped working.

According to police, Lanzalotti filed the complaint after reading that Anello had not worked at Owl Creek.

All charges were filed with Magistrate District Judge Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua.

A preliminary hearing for Anello is scheduled for 9:40 a.m. on Sept. 13 in front of Bayer, according to court documents.

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