Belpre man arrested for scamming customers

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas H. Bailey, Jr., 49, of 83 Watson Lane, Belpre, Thursday on two felony counts of theft.

Last month two Vincent residents reported that they were scammed out of thousands of dollars for concrete work that was never completed. Mary Batten, of 601 McGill Road, Vincent, and her neighbor Martha Smith, of 599 McGill Road, paid Bailey to complete projects by June, but work was never finished.

Batten paid Bailey $3,000 while Smith paid about $6,000 in two installments.

Bailey reportedly completed portions of the projects, but wouldn’t return to the residences. He also left a piece of equipment on Smith’s property that was later repossessed by a rental company because the debt owed to them was $18,000, and he hadn’t paid rental fees for four months.

Bailey was involved in a similar scheme in Parkersburg in March, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The victim in that case paid Bailey $37,000 and gave him a $15,000 truck in exchange for working on his home. Bailey was supposed to place a roof and siding on the residence but never completed the jobs. Damages done while some of the work took place were so extensive to the foundation of the home that the city of Parkersburg was going to condemn the structure. Bailey is also suspected of scamming three other Parkersburg residents out of money for not completing jobs.

Bailey remains incarcerated in the Washington County Jail in lieu of a $13,000 bond.