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Durham Police Ask For Information Regarding Home Repair Scam

Posted January 30, 2003

— Durham police are asking for information about a home repair scam that cost an elderly Durham woman almost $5,000.

According to police, two men approached the victim, who lives in the Forest Hills neighborhood, while she was picking up debris in her yard on Jan. 14. The men offered to waterproof the victim's house.

According to the victim, the men dug a small ditch, regrouted a few cinderblocks, painted a small wall and straightened a gutter before charging her $4,975.

Police said the men told the victim they would return to finish the job after she paid them. The men never returned.

The suspects are described as two large white males. One had a mustache and the other wore glasses at the time of the incident.

One man appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s. The men drove a white Ford pickup truck with ladders on it.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigator V.D. Bynum at

560-4440, ext. 228,

or CrimeStoppers at

683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

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