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Two men arrested in home improvement scam in Fort Oglethorpe


Two men arrested in home improvement scam in Fort Oglethorpe

Two men arrested in home improvement scam in Fort Oglethorpe
News from Rome News-Tribune:

Two South Carolina men were arrested in Fort Oglethorpe on theft charges in connection with an ongoing home improvement scam, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Pete Anthony Carroll, 48, and Tommy Chad Carroll, 20, both of North Augusta, S.C., were arrested Saturday, Feb. 14, on charges of theft by taking. The elder Carroll garnered an additional charge of an expired tag.

Both men have been released from jail on bond.

The arrests stemmed from a Jan. 31 incident in which a 77-year-old woman claimed the men stole from her while doing work at her Chickamauga Street home.

The elderly woman told police the men came to her house and asked her if they could seal her driveway for $ 300, to which she agreed.

She said the men came in the home to wash their hands and stole some collectibles, reports show.

“The victim has a large collection of Atlanta Braves baseballs on a shelf located next to the door leading into the carport,” officer David McAllister said. “The offenders had a conversation with the victim about them (the baseballs) and a hat that was hanging on a wall.”

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Consumers used to buy a new lock when their old one broke, when they moved into a new place, or maybe during an overall remodel. A new water heater or light switch was the same kind of purchase; not often. A thermostat was likely bought from an HVAC technician as part of a repair or picked up after a repair or energy audit at a home improvement store. But as devices get smarter, consumers are buying them differently.

“The new features we’re adding to traditional home devices changes the way the consumer shops and that changes where they buy it,” said Stuart Lombard, the Co-CEO of Ecobee, a smart thermostat maker. Lombard was in Austin, Texas on Tuesday at an event where we chatted about the company’s new retail shift. He said since the launch of Ecobee’s retail channel in November about 30 percent of its sal…………… continues on Gigaom

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