Man from S.C. wanted in Penn., nabbed in Leicester

LEICESTER — Police are thanking a local resident for calling in about a suspicious door-to-door solicitor that turned out to be a fugitive from justice.

A 28-year-old man from South Carolina was taken into custody on Tuesday, March 6, by the Leicester Police Department and held overnight before being arraigned the following day in East Brookfield District Court. Police said the man was wanted in Pennsylvania on a felony fraud charge related to a fraudulent home improvement incident.

The arrest came after a Leicester man called police on to report a suspicious man, driving a vehicle with out of state plates, was going through the neighborhood, allegedly soliciting from neighbors. The suspect was found soliciting paving contracts, though no solicitor permits had been issued to him by local authorities, and, police affirm, asphalt plants are not currently in operation in Massachusetts at this time of the year due to the weather and temperatures.

Leicester Police took to their social media accounts on Saturday morning to publicly thank the local tipster. “The LPD would like to thank the Leicester resident who call in the tip,” read a post on the department’s Facebook page. “You made a difference in our community.”

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