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Burglary prompts warning of home improvement scams


Burglary prompts warning of home improvement scams

Burglary prompts warning of home improvement scams
News from Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore County Police are reminding homeowners to be wary of home improvement scams on the heels of a deception burglary that took place this week in Timonium.

According to police, on April 24 at 4:30 p.m., a woman in the unit block of East Aylesbury Road reported that two suspects entered her home under the pretense of examining her leaky roof.

The suspects distracted the victim, and money and jewelry were later found to be stolen from the home, police said.

The suspects are described as a white male, in his 50s, 5’10″ tall, 250 pounds; and a white female, approximately 35 years old, 5’4″ tall, and about 150 pounds.

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Police are investigating the incident, and are also reminding residents to use caution when dealing with people who approach them about home improvement repairs and maintenance.

Deception burglaries rise during the summer months, police said, and many have similar patterns. People outside their homes can be distracted by one suspect while another enters the home unnoticed to steal belongings.

Victims have also reported that people claim to be inspectors, ask to come i…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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News from WNYT:

Posted at: 04/26/2012 5:49 PM | Updated at: 04/26/2012 6:53 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

RENSSELAER - It’s ’song and movement time’ at the Ready, Set, Grow Daycare.

“Are we really happy? If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!” says Dominque Smith to the young children who are clapping to the rythm.

Smith and his wife run a home business that had plans to grow itself by adding a new room. But he and his wife said those dreams withered when their contractor stopped showing up.

“It’s unfair when you give somebody money in good trust, and they start to do things and they disappear, and you feel heartbroken and you feel like you ultimately, got scammed,” Smith said.

He showed NewsChannel what they have to show for the addition they hired the company Mr. B’s Construction to build.

“Wood. Footings. Cement. Headache. Frustration,” said Smith, pointing to the footings off his deck.

After a few days work, the Smith’s said their contractor, Dy-wane Butler announced he was sick, offering to come back later or refund their money. The Smith’s said they asked for a full refund, but a year later, they haven’t seen a dime.

“It appears that they were abandoned. And in their situation, one of the reasons you get abandoned is you put too much money up front.

Consumer fraud attorney Sal Ferlazzo wrote…………… continues on WNYT

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