Thief targeting Pinellas seniors surrenders, is sentenced

Angelo Mitchell

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Roofing and paving scam artist Angelo Mitchell, on the lam for months, finally surfaced. With a deal on the table, Mitchell pleaded guilty Thursday to 22 charges, including grand theft from people age 65 or older.  He paid restitution to his victims and was sentenced to 24 months probation.

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Mitchell preyed on 76-year-old Carolyn and 78-year-old Bob Marek, of Clearwater, in March of 2015, using the typical con artist line.

“He showed up at the house and said, ‘We were doing another roof in the area and maybe you need some work done,'” Carolyn recalled. Mitchell told them he could stop their leaks for about $750. When he finished, Mitchell demanded more than $9,000 dollars. Their leaks got worse.

Bob and Carolyn Marek
Bob and Carolyn Marek

“The work they said they were going to do, obviously they didn’t do,” Carolyn said.

Mitchell’s 10-year guarantee didn’t last 10 minutes. Ceilings collapsed; mold grew inside.

Angelo Mitchell was no where to be found. Following 8 On Your Side’s report on this mess, the roofing industry donated time, labor and materials to give the Mareks a new roof this past February.

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“He hurt some people pretty badly, both economically and emotionally,” Don Bremer said.

Mitchell poorly and illegally paved Don’s Clearwater driveway, ripping him off for more than $1,800 dollars.

Outside the courthouse Thursday, Mitchell smirked. Inside the courtroom, he sat contrite.

Prosecutor Liz Jacks demanded any deal include reimbursing victims. Mitchell’s attorney handed out a check for $1,890 dollars to Don Bremer. He handed another one for $9,350 dollars to Bob Marek.

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“Oh, I’m thrilled. It just about balanced out what I lost,” Bob said. Both Bob and Don had hoped Mitchell would serve time in prison.

Pinellas County Clerk of the Court records show Mitchell was convicted of grand theft from a person age 65 or older five years ago. Nonetheless, both Bob and Don are pleased they got their money back.

“I’m very thankful to the state attorney’s office for handling it,a nd we’re also very grateful to Channel 8 also. I think your attention to the matter and 8 On Your Side is a real value to the community thank you very much,” Don added.

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