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VALE, N.C. -- An Asheboro man is behind bars accused of attempting to con a Western Lincoln County family in a scheme involving graveling a driveway, authorities say.

Last Friday, the victims told police Tommy Small stopped by their home on Alf Hoover Road in Vale, stating he worked for the state and had extra truckloads of gravel leftover from a job nearby. He offered to put the excess gravel on their driveway for $120, the sheriff's office says.

The family agreed to the deal, went and retrieved cash from a cabinet in the kitchen and paid Small.

Small asked that everyone at the home move their vehicles so he could begin his work. While the family was outside, officials say Small entered the residence and stole another $100 from the cash stash in the kitchen cabinet.

Small exited the residence and quickly left, saying he needed to get a piece of equipment to remove a golf cart, and according to authorities, the family became suspicious and called 911.

A detective who was in the area initiated a traffic stop of Small's vehicle. A resident of the home positively identifed Small as the man involved in the scheme, officials say. The money was returned, and Small was arrested and charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

He's since been released on a $2,500 bond.

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