Online Staff Report
During the past several weeks, the Rockford Police Department has received several complaints about incidents of home repair fraud on the city’s east side. The suspects typically target elderly victims with unsolicited offers to complete repairs of chimneys or roofs. The suspects often claim they have done work for the victims in the past or are affiliated with legitimate contractors who have completed work for the victims. The suspects usually demand payment in advance or payment after completing superficial work on the victim’s home.
The suspects have been described as follows:
• Hispanic male in his late 40s to early 50s;
• Hispanic male in his late 20s; and
• White or Hispanic female in her mid to late 30s.
The suspects have been seen driving a dark-colored, older-model SUV, a dark-colored four-door car, and a light-colored minivan.
Residents should be suspicious of any type of unsolicited repair offers and are discouraged from entering into agreements with these individuals. Detectives are following up on these incidents, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department (815-987-5824) or Crime Stoppers (815-963-7867).
Posted Aug. 29, 2014