Alleged air conditioner scammer wanted by WFPD

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Police are searching for a man currently at large who they said scammed multiple Wichita Falls residents out of thousands of dollars for promising to fix their air conditioners.

Sgt. Charlie Eipper, Public Information Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department, said detectives with the WFPD's Financial Crimes Divison are searching for John Dewayne Hennan, 39, of Iowa Park.

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According to Sgt. Eipper, an at-large arrest warrant has been issued for Hennan for the offense of theft between $2,500 and $30,000 by false pretenses, swindling, or a confidence game.

"We desire to alert our citizens to be aware of these and other types of scams," Sgt. Eipper said.

Hennan's first alleged scam at Wichita Falls residence

According to Sgt. Eipper, Hennan was arrested on April 20, 2024, in Wichita County.

According to the arrest affidavit, an individual called the front desk of the police department to report a theft on January 29, 2024. The victim reported he had hired Hennan, owner of Hennan Heat and Air, to work on the air conditioning unit at a residence in the 300 block of Rockwood Drive.

The affidavit said the victim told police he paid Hennan $3,000 to do the job on November 16, 2023, and that as of January 29, 2024, he had not done any of the work and had stopped communicating with the victim.

An officer said they spoke with the victim on February 23, 2024. He said the victim told him that he'd hired Hennan to purchase and install an air conditioning unit for the house and that when he'd noticed Hennan had not started working on the house, he messaged Hennan to see when he was either going to start working on the house or paying back the $3,000.

According to the affidavit, the victim told police that Hennan replied back a few times, but on January 25, there was no more contact from Hennan.

Police said they made contact with Hennan, who told them he did not have the money to prepay the victim at the time and asked for a week's extension. The officer said Hennan never made contact about repaying the victim, nor made any contact with the officer after he was given the extension he requested.

Hennan accused of another scam in Wichita Falls

According to Sgt. Eipper, Hennan was later arrested again, on June 24, 2024, this time in Archer County.

The arrest affidavit said on April 4, 2024, a report was made to the WFPD from a subject reporting a theft by scam. The victim told police he had sustained a monetary loss of $14,850 as a result of the scam.

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According to the affidavit, the reporting party is the owner of a commercial property in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue in Wichita Falls and is currently in the process of renovating the property. The victim told police that he contacted a contractor to obtain a quote for HVAC work to be completed at the property.

Police said the victim told them he contacted Hennan, a local contractor, who provided a written estimate for the work to be done, and the property owner agreed to have the work performed and provided a down payment via cashier's check of $14,850.

The affidavit said the victim told police no work was ever started on the project by Hennan, and that Hennan had stopped returning his calls or contacting him.

Sgt. Eipper said anyone with information on the location of Hennan is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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