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Police: Man Fakes Repairs to Westport Firetruck, Pockets $15K in Fees

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    Police: Man Fakes Repairs to Westport Firetruck, Pockets $15K in Fees
    Thomas Reardon

    Massachusetts police say a man faked repairs to a town's firetruck and pocketed the $15,000 in repair fees.

    The Westport Police Department says 32-year-old Thomas Reardon turned himself in Tuesday to a charge of larceny by false pretenses.

    The Westport Fire Department had hired the Rhode Island man to repair a firetruck that had been damaged while responding to an emergency call in August 2017.

    Police say Reardon picked up the truck and returned it weeks later saying it was fixed. A few days later, crew members noticed the truck was leaking worse than it was before the repairs.

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    Police say Reardon told firefighters that he didn't repair the truck, and instead covered rusty bolts with spray paint.

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