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Cops: Warrington handyman defrauded Doylestown Township resident, stole from the house

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A handyman from Warrington stands accused of taking $15,300 from a Doylestown Township homeowner for work he didn’t complete and also with stealing various items from the house in Chestnut Grove and pawning them for $11,800.

And it’s not Patrick Brian Schull’s first go-round with local law enforcement. Buckingham Township Police and Solebury Township Police both charged him with theft in 2018 under similar circumstances. In 2019, Schull pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking in the Solebury case and to receiving stolen property in the Buckingham case, according to court documents.

Schull was arraigned Monday on charges filed Nov. 21 by Doylestown Township Police following a six-month investigation into Schull’s dealings with the Doylestown Township homeowner. who, according to court documents, hired Schull, of PBS Home Improvements LLC, in 2021.

Court filings claim Schull was tasked with bathroom and kitchen remodeling work, construction of built-in bookshelves, replacement of both a sliding glass door and a refrigerator as well as other jobs. Schull was paid $15,300 for the work, which was never completed.

Meanwhile, the homeowner reportedly began to notice high-value items going missing from the house, including antiques, jewelry, silverware, coins, a Rolex and religious artifacts.

Police performed an online search of pawn shops and found that Schull pawned three items that reportedly belonged to the victim for $1,800 between January 2022 and February 2023. Police say he also received $10,000 from a Sellersville shop between Aug. 15 and Oct. 20 for numerous items that the complaint alleges he took from the victim’s home.

Schull was also reportedly operating without current insurance and under a home improvement registration license that was expired.

According to court documents, Schull is charged with home improvement fraud, deceptive or fraudulent business practices, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, all felonies, and forgery, a misdemeanor.

The criminal docket indicated Schull was released on unsecured bail to await a preliminary hearing that’s scheduled for Jan. 8.

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