Orange County contractor charged in job site incident

From Local Sources


JASPER — An Orange County contractor was booked into jail Wednesday in Dubois County on a warrant charging him with residential entry, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

The Jasper Police Department built a case against Harvey H. Farr, 74, Paoli, after taking a call that sent police to a Jasper home remodel site Aug. 18, 2018.

Court documents allege Farr had been hired to remodel a home but walked off the job Thursday, Aug. 16. The husband and wife who had hired Farr attempted to make contact with him the next day when a delivery driver bringing cabinets reported no one was at the job site, police reported.

Farr allegedly sent a text indicating the issue would be addressed in a formal letter, according to court documents.

The husband had his wife texted Farr, allegedly telling him he and his crew had until 4 p.m. that Friday to vacate the job site and, outside of that, he was to return no sooner than Monday, if allowed. Court documents indicate the couple met with another contractor and found the residence had been left wide open. That included holes in exterior walls that should have been boarded up, police said, and there were unlocked doors.

The couple changed the locks on the doors and boarded up all exterior openings to secure the residence, according to police.

On Saturday afternoon, according to court documents, it was learned some of the boards used to secure the openings had been ripped off, breaking the boards. Items Farr had left at the job site were gone. The owners also found the rear doors of the home were left open and unsecured.

Court documents allege Farr would not respond to the homeowners’ phone calls or text messages.

After Farr was interviewed by police, an arrest warrant charging him with a Level 6 felony count of residential entry and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief was issued Oct. 15, 2018 in Dubois Circuit Court.

Authorities booked Farr into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday on the active warrant. He posted bond early today.

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