Contractor who misled 92-year-old arrested

A former chimney service contractor who misled a 92-year-old resident of Chestnut Hill Road into believing his home required chimney maintenance in 2010 has been arrested for failing to appear in court.

This is the second time Christopher Tullon, 31, of Coram, N.Y., has been arrested for failing to appear in relation to this case since being arrested for the original incident. He was wanted by Wilton police for failure to appear, second-degree larceny, reckless endangerment, and violation of home improvement regulations.

Police first learned of the incident in 2011 when the resident’s home heating company realized a third party had installed a liner in his chimney. They hired an outside contractor to inspect the chimney, which determined the liner had not been installed in compliance with Connecticut building codes.

The outside contractor also determined the liner was “not necessary,” Lt. Don Wakeman said Tuesday, Feb. 25.

It cost the resident more than $9,000 to repair his chimney, which resulted in the charge of second-degree larceny for Mr. Tullon. He was also charged with reckless endangerment because his installation “ran a risk of causing carbon monoxide poisoning throughout the entire house,” Lt. Wakeman said.

Mr. Tullon was first arrested for failure to appear in 2012.

He then failed to appear for a November 2013 court date related to that arrest, and a warrant was issued carrying a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Tullon turned himself in to Wilton police on Friday, Feb. 21, and was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 24.