White City man arrested for scamming lumber company

A Central Point lumber company was nearly scammed out of more than $780 in building products after a White City man lied about his identity and ordered it under the guise of working for a legitimate company, police said.

Robert Hutson, 33, was cited and released July 1 for identity theft and second-degree theft after allegedly placing an order from American Lumber by saying he worked for Jay's Construction of Medford.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported Hutson called American Lumber on Monday to place an order for lumber and other products, saying he worked for Jay's. He gave an address to have the lumber delivered and had the purchase billed to Jay's.

A delivery driver for American Lumber left the materials at the address given by Hutson, at the corner of Gladstone Avenue and Agate Desert Drive in White City. Jay's Construction later called to say they had not placed any orders.

Deputies responded to the scene, and construction contractors working nearby said they had seen the driver of a white pickup loading wood into the bed.

While the deputy spoke to a witness, police said, Hutson returned, saw the officers and tried to make a U-turn and drive away, but the deputy pulled him over.

Hutson initially denied any involvement, police said in a news release, but he eventually confessed to falsifying the information so he could take the wood.

Hutson was found to be driving on a suspended license, and his vehicle was towed.

All the lumber and other products were returned, police said.

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