On Tuesday, the Auburn Police Divison arrested and charged Jason Earl Haile, 28, of Manchester, Georgia, with financial exploitation and abuse of an elderly person, the APD announced in a release.
On March 14, 2017, the police responded to a theft-of-property complaint filed by an 81-year-old woman in southeast Auburn.
The woman said three men offered to install pine straw in areas of her half-acre yard at a cost of $5 per bale. The woman agreed, but once the job was completed she said the men told her she owed them $2,500.
The victim said she felt intimidated by the men and paid the $2,500.
Police said Haile was developed as a suspect after he was allegedly captured on video surveillance cashing the check from the woman. A warrant for Haile's arrest was obtained and entered into the National Crime Information Center system.
Haile was identified by an officer in Shelby County during a traffic stop. Auburn police traveled to Shelby County and took Haile into custody.
He was transported to the Lee County Detention Center, where he was held on a $7,500 bond.
Police said the case remains under investigation and encouraged anyone that may have more information regarding the case or who may have experienced a similar incident to call detectives at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.