Driveway scammers in St. Augustine


COMMONLY KNOWN AS ECSTACY AND MORE.>>>NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME ALERT ST. JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNING RESIDENT OF COSTLY CON. GROUP OF MEN SHOWED UP AT THE ELDERLY COUPLE HOME OFFERING TO RESURFACE THE DRIVEWAY AT LOW PRICE. BUT IT ENDED UP COSTING THEM MUCH MORE. RIGHT NOW DEPUTY ARE LOOKING FOR SEVERAL MEN SUSPECTED OF POSING AS CONTRACTORS TO RIP OFF HOMEOWNERS.>>>LATEST CRIME WAS AT HOME IN SOUTH SAINT AUGUSTINE BUT THE HOMEOWNER ASKED US NOT TO REVEAL THE EXACT ADDRESS. HEATHER IS JOINING US LIVE HEATHER HOW MUCH MONEY DID THESE CROOKS STEAL?>>Reporter: BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY CHARGE TO DO THE JOB AND THEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY STOLE ITEM JUST MORE THAN 8,000 DOLLA AND THE HOMEOWNER TELL ME THAT THE PEOPLE THAT DID THIS ADMITTED TO THEM THAT THEY CAME BY THEIR HOUSE MANY TIMES BEFORE LOOK TO GO SPE WITH THEM. CRACKED AND CRUMBLING AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE NEWLY RESURFACED.>>IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN. I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU. I CAN’T GET THE GUILT OUT OF ME. I REALLY CAN’T.>>Reporter: BOB’S SELF BLAME IS FROM THE TRUST HE GAVE FEW MEN OFFERING TO FIX UP HIS AGING DRIVEWAY AT LOW PRICE JUST 500 DOLLARS. HE AND HIS WIFE BAR WERE AGREE HE AND HIS WIFE BAR WERE AGREED.>>DID THE WORK DONE IT WAS A FAIR PRICE SO HE BRING TWO WORKERS DOWN HERE AND MEDLEY STARTS ON IT.>>Reporter: ONE GUY INSISTED HE WAS A MAN OF FAITH TALKING ABOUT HIS CHRISTIANITY. THAT’S WHY BOB AND BARBARA SAY THEY FELT COMFORTABLE. THAT WAS ON A FRIDAY. THE FOLLOWING MONDAY THE MEN WERE BACK AGAIN TO FINISH UP THE JOB.>>HOMEOWNER SAY THE WORK ON THIS PORTION OF THE DRIVEWAY WAS COMPLETED ON MONDAY AND THEY SAID THAT IT WOULD BE DRY THAT VERY NIGHT BUT 7 DAYS LATER IT’S STILL WET. THAT’S NOT EVEN THE HALF OF IT. THE WORK WAS SLOPPY. BUT THEY ENDED UP PAYING MORE THAN 4000 DOLLARS ONCE IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE. WHEN BARBARA WENT TO PAY THE MAN HE FOLLOWED HER INTO THE COUPLE’S BEDROOM. WHEN SHE GOT THE CASH THEY LEF WHEN SHE GOT THE CASH THEY LEFT. BUT SHE LEFT THE REMAINING MONEY ON HER BED AND POLICE SAY HE EVENTUALLY SNUCK IN TO GET THE REST.>>THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO GAIN YOUR TRUST. BEGIN YOUR CONFIDENCE THAT THEY ARE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE AND PRACTICE AT IT. IT’S THEIR JOB TO BE ABLE TO SCAM YOU.>>COUPLE SAYS THE MAN WHO CAN TOO THE MONEY WAS IN A NEWER BLACK FORD TRUCK AND LOOKED TO BE 30 YEARS OLD. 230 POUND AND 6 FOOT 3. THE OTHER MEN HAD YELLOW SHIRTS ON AND DROVE AROUND IN WHITE TRUCKS.>>DEPUTY SAY IF SOMEBODY APPROACHES YOU ABOUT WORK DON’T JUST ASSUME THEY ARE LEGITIMATE. YOU NEED TO ASK FOR DECREE DEPOSITIONAL OR BUSINESS CARD. SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES N.THIS CASE THEY WERE HOWEVER ABLE TO GET SOME FINGERPRINTS THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND AT THE SCENE AND THEY ARE LOOKING INTO IT. THE MEN COULD FACE UP TO 2 FELONY IF CAUGHT AND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT WHO THEY ARE OR WHERE THEVRMENT YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL THE ST. JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND WE POSTED THAT INFORMATION TO OUR WEB SITE LISTED HERE.

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