CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Today's featured fugitive is Tommy Wayne Dixon. He's wanted by Chesterfield County police for construction fraud in two separate incidents.
Police say Dixon's first target was at an Econo Lodge in Chesterfield. Dixon allegedly accepted a $4,500 payment to do renovations at the motel back in February.
"He started into the demolition literally the next day and they never heard from him after that point," said detective Kevin Bacon.
Two months later, Dixon made a real estate deal on this property in southwestern Chesterfield. The property owner has moved out of the area but we were able to catch up with her by phone.
"He presented himself as a prospective buyer and he did nothing but steal from me," said Helen Green.
She said Dixon offered to buy the home...with a catch.
"In lieu of a home inspection, since he was a Class A contractor, he would like to go in and do the repairs if I'd give him a $500 deposit," she said.
Green said Dixon mowed the grass at the home twice but eventually disappeared with her money and her riding lawnmower.
"The real estate agent gave him the key so he could mow the grass. He stole my lawnmower, he got the $500 check which he cashed right away. Later she had me write him a $300 check which he cashed right away," Green said.
"I'm out of about $3,000 and it's a sad world when you don't have that much money coming in," she said.
Green said part of Dixon's con is that he appears to be a family man.
"He has a North Carolina accent, just a good old country boy type demeanor," she said. "He's got a wife or woman and two children with him and he's posing himself as an upright individual and I would love to see him caught so he can be stopped."
Police are looking for any information that may lead to Dixon's arrest.
"There's no telling who is going to be next. They're not going to stop this type of behavior when they know it's a lucrative way to make money," Green said.
Tommy Wayne Dixon also has warrants out against him in Dinwiddie County on similar charges. He was convicted of obtaining money by false pretenses in Dinwiddie last year but never showed up to serve his jail time.
If you have any information on Dixon or any other fugitive from justice call 780-1000 for Crime Stoppers.