MERRIMACK, NH β€” A local teen was arrested last month after allegedly scamming an online customer out of $250 for a pair of sneakers. Jacob Watkins, 18, of Brieann Drive in Merrimack, was arrested on Dec. 27, 2017, for theft by deception. Police issued a warrant against him after learning of a possible online scam between Watkins and a woman about a pair of sneakers, according to Lt. Ted Dillon of the Merrimack Police Department.

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The victim alleged that Watkins placed an advertisement online to sell the sneakers. She answered the ad and agreed to purchase them for $250. They then met on Dec. 22.

“When the two parties met, the sneakers were shown and money was exchanged,” Dillon alleged. “When Mr. Watkins went to box the shoes, he replaced (them) with another pair that was not shown or agreed upon. When the victim noticed the discrepancy, she made attempts to contact Mr. Watkins, but he blocked all her calls.”

Police investigated the incident and took out a warrant to arrest Watkins for theft by deception. He was arrested five days later, processed, and released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. Watkins is due in court on Jan. 30, 2018.

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