BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man was arrested on charges of organized fraud after authorities say he stole nearly $11,000 from elderly victims.
Mark Taylor, 43, allegedly approached victims for money and loans in exchange for yard work. Hernando County Sheriff's investigators say he told victims he had cancer and needed the money for doctors and medication.
Reports say one 76-year-old victim gave Taylor $10,510 between April 11 and May 28 for yard work that only amounted to less than 20 hours of actual labor. The arrest affidavit says that Taylor promised to pay the money back every time he visited, but never did so.
The victim's financial advisor alerted her to the missing funds. Taylor allegedly also defrauded the victim's neighbor out of an additional $200.
Juvenile arrested in thefts of bicycles
A Spring Hill 17-year-old was arrested Wednesday on charges of commercial burglary after allegedly stealing 11 bicycles from a Salvation Army center on U.S. 19.
The suspect, whose name is being withheld because of his age, stole the bikes between April 23 and 25, according to an arrest report. He was transported to the Hernando County Jail, then released to a parent.
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