Montgomery County Police Search For Home Improvement Scam Artists

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Olney, Md. (WUSA9)-- Montgomery County police are asking for the public's help after a man and woman posed as contractors to scam an elderly man out of more than $800.

On June 10, a 91 year-old resident of Olney Mill Road in Olney opened his door to Virginia Breeden of Spotsylvania, Va. and a male suspect who has not been identified, police said. 

The two convinced the victim to sign an invoice that would require him to pay $825 for repairs to his chimney.   

After "working" 20 minutes on the chimney, a family member of the victim came to the home and asked about the work, police said.

The suspects said they had been working for four hours and demanded money. When the family member threathened to call the police, the suspects took off before collecting any money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A licensed contractor inspected the work done by the suspects and said the "work" was unneccesary and wouldn't protect the chimeny from the elements, investigators said.

The suspects weren't licensed to perform home involvement work in Maryland.  Officials say residents should be aware of home improvement scams and to use only licensed contractors.

Police are asking the public to look out for a red 1986 Ford pick-up truck with a Virginia registration: XNR-6929.

Anyone with information is asked to contact The Montgomery County Police Department by phone at 301-279-8000.  

 

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