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Man arrested for allegedly stealing from elderly man who hired him to do landscaping

A Connecticut man has been arrested by New Milford Police for allegedly stealing from an elderly man who hired him to do landscaping last year.  47-year old John Newkirk of New Preston was charged Wednesday with larceny and burglary for crimes that happened on Christmas Eve. 

He's also facing charges from Danbury Police from that day for forgery and conspiracy to commit larceny.  The Republican American reports that Newkirk drove into a Newtown Road Chase Bank after a clerk declined to cash five stolen checks believing that the signatures were forged.  Police allege the checks were among items missing from the home of an 80-year-old who suffers from physical infirmities. 

The man was reportedly forced to move out of his home after trees and limbs came down in a storm, but that Newkirk continued to ask for work after he was told the man could no longer afford to hire him.  After being contacted by his bank, the elderly man reportedly had a friend inspect the home and found it ransacked. 

Police allege the items --$1,280 worth of carpentry tools, silverware, and electronics -- were found in Newkirk’s truck.

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