The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 18, 2013

Tarboro police warn citizens of scam, break-ins


TARBORO — Tarboro police are warning citizens to be alert about a scam targeting the elderly in town. They are also warning people about several break-ins that have occurred in the Speight Forest and Summerfield neighborhoods.

Scam contractors are targeting elderly citizens in the town and are trying to force them to spend large amounts of money on repairs that do not need to be done. The scam artists are going around to houses and are telling people that their warranties are up on their roofs and they need repairs to certain areas that elderly citizens are not able to get to with a visible eye and check out on their own.

Once these scammers are on top of the people's houses, they are telling them that they need to fix certain things, such as wood on the overhangs of the house because it is rotten and paper under the shingles.

The repair bills that these scammers are coming up with get costly and the scammers are gouging elderly people out of lots of money.

If you have a person come to your home and ask to do work or tell you that you need costly repairs, contact the law enforcement.

Let law enforcement know what type of vehicle the person is driving with a license plate number if possible and what features you can identify about them.

Police are also warning citizens to keep their doors locked on their homes and an eye on suspicious vehicles in the area, as three residences have been broken into since Thursday.

The person(s) responsible for these crimes are targeting houses during the daytime after people leave to go to work.

Police are asking citizens to notify them if they see any suspicious activity in their area or a vehicle they don't notice. Police want citizens who are around their homes most of the day to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

If anyone have information about the person(s) responsible for these break-ins contact Tarboro police at 641-4247.

A cash reward will be offered leading to the arrest(s) of the suspect(s) responsible for these crimes.

Tips to keep break-ins from happening:

• Keep all doors and windows locked.

• Watch for suspicious people and vehicles in the area.

• Keep a television on during the daytime while you are at work.

• Turn off porch or carport light.

• Buy an alarm system.

• Keep all vehicle doors locked.

If anyone has any information about the person(s) responsible for these break-ins contact police at 641-4247 or Detective Sgt. Bruce Edwards at 641-4201 or Detective Dwayne Owens at 641-4272.

They are offering a cash reward leading to the arrest(s) of the person(s) responsible for these crimes.