AMBRIDGE (KDKA) – A man accused of scamming two people out of money was arrested in Beaver County Sunday morning.
According to the criminal complaint, 26-year-old David Bristol was arrested after allegedly taking $1,300 for rent on a home he didn’t own.
The victims went to the Ambridge Police Department to report the incident. They stated that they had been talking to Davey Burkhart about renting a home in Lisbon, Ohio. It was later determined that Bristol was using a false name during their conversations.
Bristol went to the victim’s current residence in Ambridge and collected $800 and a money order for another $500. In exchange for the money, Bristol gave them a rental agreement and a key to the house.
When the victims arrived at the home in Ohio, they found that it was occupied. They knocked on the door and the owner of the home answered.
After a brief discussion, the owner showed them the deed to the property to prove that he owned the property.
Police called the number they had been using to contact Bristol. He told officers his name was Davey Burkhart and gave three different Social Security numbers during the course of the conversation.
He was instructed to bring the money back to the police station and Bristol agreed to do so by Tuesday morning.
Police called emergency dispatchers with all the false personal information Bristol had given and no records were found.
Officers had one of the victims call Bristol while they were still at the Ambridge Police Station.
During the conversation, sirens could be heard in the background.
Officers called Beaver County emergency dispatchers again to find out about any potential fires in the area.
Through the course of their investigation, it was determined that there was a fire in North Sewickley Township.
Police also found that Bristol had been staying at a woman’s house near the responding fire station.
Police went to the woman’s house and took Bristol into custody.
Bristol was taken to the Beaver County Jail and is facing charges of theft by deception and falsifying reports to police.