Shoe Swap: Merrimack Man Conned Woman Who Paid $250 for Sneakers, Police Say
MERRIMACK — A man tricked a woman into giving him $250 for a pair of shoes that was not the same pair as in the advertisement, police said.
Jacob Watkins, 18, of Merrimack, turned himself in to police Wednesday for an active warrant and was charged for theft by deception, police said.
The warrant came from an investigation that started Dec. 22 when Merrimack police received a report that Watkins placed an advertisement online to sell a pair of sneakers. According to the report, the ad was answered by a woman who agreed to purchase the sneakers for $250.
When Watkins and the buyer met in person, he showed her the sneakers and she paid him. Police said that when Watkins put the shoes in a box, he replaced them with another pair that was not shown or agreed upon.
The victim told police that when she later noticed the discrepancy, she made attempts to contact Watkins, but he blocked her calls.
Police then issued a warrant for his arrest.
Watkins was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Merrimack district court Jan. 30 for arraignment.