Suspect in construction theft case faces additional charge

John Coley, 52, accused of taking money, not doing work

SAN ANTONIO, TX – John Coley, 52, is facing another charge of theft stemming from a case that involved him taking payment for a construction project and not delivering on the work, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Coley’s latest arrest happened Monday. A KSAT 12 Defenders’ report in March focused on a prior arrest.

The affidavit related to this latest case includes a similar claim.

An 82 year old man filed a report with San Antonio police in May, stating that he had paid Coley a total of more than $9,000 to build a sunroom addition on his far West side home. The affidavit stated that he paid Coley with two different checks, one for more than $8,300 in April 2015 and one for  $600 in September 2015. 

The man told police that Coley never even began doing any work on his home. The affidavit stated that he sent Coley a certified demand letter in January, ordering him to return his money. However, the letter was returned by the U. S. Postal Service for being “unclaimed.”

Police said both the victim and his wife were able to identify Coley in a photo lineup.

In the Defenders’ report earlier this year, the Better Business Bureau revealed that it had received complaints from a half dozen people who said they lost more than $100,000 to Coley and his company, Texas Elegant Sunrooms & Patios. They all accused him of failing to complete the work he had promised to do.

The story also said that he and a business partner, Tammy Gonzalez, had been arrested on theft charges earlier that month.

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