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August 1, 2013

‘Trusted handyman’ facing charges

NEW CASTLE — A handyman has been charged with helping himself to property of a woman he was supposed to have been helping.

Daniel William Robison Jr., 29, of 2713 Harlansburg Road, was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and fraudulently using another’s credit or debit cards.

According to court documents, when New Wilmington police arrested Robison June 18 following an unrelated incident, he was driving a car registered to a New Castle woman.

Documents state the woman — who had been hospitalized at the time — was contacted and said Robison was her “trusted handyman.”

Following her discharge from the hospital, the New Castle woman contacted police to report theft of jewelry and misuse of her banking accounts.

Officers said Robison admitted using the victim’s debit card to withdraw $1,500.

Police also determined that jewelry, a lawn mower and week whacker had been taken and two bank accounts had been drained. One account, the woman told police, had a balance of $3,000 prior to her entering the hospital. It was overdrawn by $600. A second account, that had a balance of $387, held a balance of 88 cents.

The court papers state the New Wilmington police turned over to New Castle officers the victim’s car, three small pieces of jewelry and two handwritten notes of apology from the suspect.

Police determined approximately $5,200 had occurred in unauthorized transactions.

New Castle and New Wilmington police departments cooperated in the investigations.

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