A Cookeville man who failed to deliver on a paint job has been indicted on grand theft charges.
The suspect, Nathan Edward Smith, 29, has been indicted by the grand jury on the charge of theft over $1,000.
His charge comes after he took money but failed to complete the work promised to the victim. According to the felony warrant against Smith filed by Princeton Kennerly, a deal was reached with Smith to paint his 1989 Chevrolet Caprice.
“Mr. Smith was to paint the car and return the vehicle to Mr. Kennerly in a month to a month and a half,” wrote judicial commissioner David Williams in the warrant sworn out by Kennerly.
The victim said Smith gave him a contract and took a $2,000 cash payment. Smith also got another $500 at a later date in a payment made through Smith’s girlfriend.
Despite the payment the victim said his vehicle wasn’t painted, nor was he contacted by Smith to explain why he wasn’t living up to his end of the bargain.
“Mr. Kennerly tried to make contact with Mr. Smith a number of times through text and talking,” Williams wrote in the warrant.
Six months after entrusting his vehicle to Smith and tired of being given the run-around, the victim turned the case over to the sheriff’s department for investigation. The probe ended with Smith’s indictment on the felony theft charges by the grand jury.