Scam artists simulate leak in roof, demand payment for repairs

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by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on September 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 14 at 9:22 PM

(KMOV) -- St. Peters Police are warning people about two men who scammed at least one victims out of $3,200.

Officer Melissa Doss says the men climbed onto the roof of a home in the 4000 block of West Drive, forced water through an attic vent, then told the homeowner they fixed a leak in the roof.

"What we found out is that no repair was actually made. The roof was in good condition and that the suspect probably poured water down the vents to give the illusion that there was a leak," said Officer Doss.

The homeowner says she was approached on September 6th. She pulled into the driveway of her home and the two men walked up to her car, claiming they'd fixed her roof a few years ago and were back checking on their work.

They told her they found a leak and went into the home with her, where she found water in her bedroom closet.

Officer Doss said the men insisted they made a repair and asked for $3,200 in cash. The men went as far as to drive the 81-year-old victim to her bank, so she could withdraw the cash. The men parked on the street and stayed out of the view of surveillance cameras, according to police.

The men claimed they were a father, son team. The business name, address, and phone number they provided to the victim did not check out.

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