Cops: Man promised to rent property, took the money instead

06/09/2014 4:41 PM |

An East Marion man was arrested Monday after he promised another man he could rent out a Greenport property and then pocketed the $1,000 paid in rent, according to a Southold Town police press release.

Roy Lindsay Morrow, 64, allegedly took the money from the victim and promised to rent him an apartment on Fourth Avenue in Greenport, police said. But Mr. Morrow did not have permission to rent the property, police said.

“He basically misrepresented himself,” said Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley. The house is listed as being owned by Antone Ficurilli Jr., according to Southold Town tax records.

Police said Mr. Morrow didn’t return the money to the victim, who notified police last Thursday of the alleged theft.

Mr. Morrow — a Scotland native known in the community as “Sir Roy” — was arrested Monday and charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. He will be arraigned Tuesday, police said.

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