Police briefs 5/31/18

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 5/30/18

Contractor fraud charge for Baker County manMIDDLEBURG – A Glen St. Mary man faces charges of engaging in contractor business without a license after a brief investigation by authorities.The …

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Police briefs 5/31/18

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Contractor fraud charge for Baker County man
MIDDLEBURG – A Glen St. Mary man faces charges of engaging in contractor business without a license after a brief investigation by authorities.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gerald Hugh Howard, 44, on May 29 at 11:50 a.m., after being contacted by a Middleburg man who said he paid Howard in December to replace his home’s roof.
According to the police report, Evans gave Howard a check for $3,000 to begin the job. The check was endorsed and cashed by Howard. Evans gave Howard a second check for $3,000 on December 29, 2017. Howard again endorsed and cashed the check. Evans gave Howard another check on January 22, this time for $1,000. This check was also endorsed and cashed by Howard.
Police said 162 days have passed since the beginning of the contract and Evans’ roof remains unfinished. Evans repeatedly reached out to Howard through text messages and phone calls since Jan. 9.
Officers made contact with Howard at the office of his probation officer. Howard was interviewed and taken into custody after providing both a verbal and written statement. Howard is on active probation for the same offense. He is currently out on bond.

Woman facing car theft charge
FLEMING ISLAND – A Green Cove Springs woman is facing charges of grand theft auto and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Allyson Mallory McManus, 30, on May 28 at 1:37 a.m. after she was found sitting in a vehicle at a park on Lakeshore Drive North on Fleming Island.
According to the police report, when an officer approached McManus to conduct a suspicious vehicle search, she told the officer she was waiting on her boyfriend and provided her ID to the officer.
The officer ran a check on the ID and learned that McManus had never held a valid driver’s license in Florida and she was also on supervised probation. A search of the vehicle’s tag matched a report of a stolen vehicle out of Jacksonville.
McManus was taken into custody and, at press time, remained in the Clay County Jail with bond set at $5,505.

Firearm theft ends in arrest
ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park man arrested on May 26 at 12:29 a.m. is charged with grand theft and grand theft of a firearm.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jared Michael Pressel, 29, at a home on Silver Bluff Boulevard after his mother reported that Pressel had stolen several items from her bedroom. Pressel reportedly stole a firearm valued at $500 and a set of engagement rings valued at $6,700.
According to the police report, the victim confronted Pressel about the items after they’d been missing for over a week. After speaking to Pressel, she contacted police and reported the theft.
Pressel was taken into custody and gave both verbal and written statements to police. Pressel currently has active warrants for his arrest in both Virginia and North Carolina.
Pressel was transported to the Clay County Jail where he was since been released.

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