GLEN ROCK, NJ – Police are warning residents about traveling scammers willing to pay cashless homeowners for shoddy home repairs.
One such incident occurred on May 25, police said, when an “older” couple fell victim to a roof covering.
The homeowners had contacted a “legitimate” roofing company earlier this week, but unfortunately and coincidentally, a gypsy roofing company knocked on their door, police said. When the victims asked if they were from the company they contacted, the alleged workers said yes. They covered the entire roof with some sort of tar or rubber-coated asphalt. The couple had been told the price was “950” per square meter, leading the victims to believe the price was $ 9.50 per square meter, later claiming it to be $ 950.
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When the job was done, the suspects demanded two checks, $ 9,000 for labor and $ 9,000 for materials, police said. They “intimidated” the elderly couple into handing out checks and left. Police were contacted shortly afterwards and began to investigate.
The family was able to cancel the checks early in the morning to avoid cashing them, but extensive damage was done to the couple’s home, police said.
The suspects are described as a Spanish man and a Caribbean man. They were seen driving a white Chevy Silverado crew cab with a black tonneau cover. Anyone who can identify this vehicle or who may have been contacted by these actors is asked to contact Principal Investigator D / Sgt. Jim Calaski (201) 670-3948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gypsies, or ‘travelers’ as they prefer to be called, the police said, come from all over the US, they look like ordinary people. The travelers use a variety of methods to pay victims for sometimes several thousand dollars, from pigeon trap scams to shoddy home repairs. Victims are often duped into fake driveway or roof repairs, which often end worse than before work. They don’t want a fair job; they would rather rip people off, the police said.