A Centerville man has two felony cases circulating through the court system, stemming from allegations that he knowingly sold a stolen firearm and failing to carry through a furnace replacement despite collecting over $1,500 to do so.
Timothy Michael Shanahan, 39, of Centerville, was charged last Tuesday at 10:11 p.m. by the Centerville Police Department for third degree theft and trafficking in stolen weapons. Shanahan was also arrested by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office on a second degree fraudulent practices charge from December.
Shanahan posted bond at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday and was released from jail.
The theft and trafficking charges are detailed in the complaint and affidavit filed by Centerville Police Officer Jeremy Veach, alleging Shanahan knowingly sold a weapon he stole while working on an air conditioning unit.
The weapon was a Sig Arms P225 9mm handgun, which he allegedly sold for $250.
The fraudulent practices charge originates from an Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office investigation from Dec. 13, 2013. A complaint and affidavit filed by Deputy Harold Burke alleges Shanahan took $1,525 meant to pay for a new furnace and never delivered the furnace to the victim.
The court filing by Burke alleges Shanahan, working for Shanahan Heating and Cooling, told the victim he needed to order a new furnace for her, but would need $1,525 from the victim to order it because he didn’t have enough money.
The victim took Shanahan to the bank and cashed a check for $1,525, the court filing continues, and gave Shanahan the money, with the agreement she would pay for the furnace up-front and then $300 at the time of the installation for labor.
However, according the complaint and affidavit, the victim says she has not seen or been able to contact Shanahan since.
The fraudulent practice and trafficking stolen weapons charges are both class D felonies while the third degree theft charge is an aggravated misdemeanor. Each class D felony charge can result in up to five years imprisonment if convicted. An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years imprisonment if convicted.