AACO Police: Increase In Home Improvement Scams

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Spring scams.  Anne Arundel County Police report an uptick in the number of home improvement crimes.

It’s a trend detectives have seen over the years, and as Gigi Barnett explains, suspects are targeting elderly homeowners.

Spring is home improvement season and Anne Arundel County Police say it’s also the time for thieves to strike. Detectives are warning homeowners to be on guard, as they’ve seen an increase in home repair schemes.

The latest involve 39-year-old Tommy Clack, from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Detectives say last month he went door-to-door and scammed two elderly homeowners.

“He indicates he’s doing some paving in the area. He has extra materials nearby or he was doing work nearby,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County police spokesperson. “He becomes sort of persistent. He’s only dealing with verbal estimates not written estimates.”

And once his victims agree, detectives say that’s when Clack clamps down.

“Ultimately what he does is, he comes back with the crew. He performs the work, but charges a substantial amount more money that he initially discussed with the victims,” said Mulcahy.

Police say homeowners can protect themselves by getting other estimates from reputable companies, compare prices and always get something in writing.

Clack has several warrants out for his arrest. Detectives are searching for more of his victims. Anyone with information should call Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-1960.

Comments

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  1. your God is watching you says:

    jerk

  2. DaRedneckKing says:

    Not being racist, but why the Heii are white people always scamming people!!! Someone tried to tell me that the scammers are the ones that can’t face the fact that they are just losers so they pick on weak individuals..

    1. pigeon says:

      You are being racist! Typically “rednecks” are not against white people so what’s with you anywho (being a redneck you may not understand the word “anyhow” so I switched the letters around just for you)?

  3. chris says:

    because we are good at it. everybody scams everybody. all these products in the world are a big scam.

  4. flim flam says:

    because white people are smart enough to create scams, and blacks arent so they just steal and rob!!

  5. sheriffwille says:

    If you could see inside a Black man’s head Da-King, you would understand. It’s an even blacker hole than your pie hole.

    1. Jack Pollack says:

      You’re off again, wille. You still beating your wife…or is she still beating you, Mr Milktoast?

      1. sheriff willie says:

        Jack. Lil dic Pollack, Too bad you’re so mad because you have a little “Weenie”.Your woman told me so.

  6. pigeon says:

    And when you all say white people are smarter does that include all of the illegal people from south of the border? It must, cause look at what they are doing to ALL of us!

    1. sheriff willie says:

      Pigeon, White people from south of the order? They’re N*****R’S turned inside out.

  7. RS says:

    I dare one of these scammers to mess with my grandparents. I’ll give the words “a world of hurt” a whole new meaning.

  8. Leah C says:

    Always get more than one estimate, check with the BBB, make sure they are licensed and bonded, even ask for referrals of previous customers if you have to! And always get a WRITTEN ESTIMATE!!!! I hope this guy pays dearly, not only $$$ but with some jail time (and not just a slap on the wrist)!!

  9. sven says:

    ANYBODY WHO KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR IS A SCAMMER. IF IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE>>>>>>>>>>>IT IS. BEWARE OF EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY CORPORATIONS

  10. Lisa says:

    FORGET ABOUT THIS GUY! FYI, ISSUE A WARRANT & INVESTAGATE “GEORGE BUSH” FOR ALL HIS SCAMS AND GIVING FALSE INFORMATIOM TO OUR COUNTRY FOR 8 YRS! THE PERSON ON THIS BOARD WHO WANTS CLACK TO GET “JAIL TIME AND NOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST?”BUT IT’S OK FOR BUSH TO PUT US IN A WAR 4 (W.O.M.D.?)HELLO, HE DIDN’T FIND SO MUCH AS A “FIRECRACKER”! AND THIS WAR IS COSTING EVERY TAX PAYER $10BIL A MONTH… WHO DO U THINK IS FOOTING THE BILL DUMB A**? EXCUSE ME, BUT I DIDN’T GET MY WRITTEN EST'(ON THE COST OF THE WAR OR A DATE OF COMPLETION) FROM BUSH B4 HE BOMBED THE HELL OUT OF ANOTHER COUNTRY, DID YOU? AND WHERE WAS HIS HOME IMPROVMENT LICENSE FROM THE U.N. B4 HE STARTED HIS WAR?AND TO THE GUY WHO DAIRED CLACK “TO PICK ON HIS GRANDPARENTS” aka PREYING ON THE ELDERLY: YOUR GRANDPARENTS ARE SAFE DUMB A**! BUT U WILL JUST HAVE TO WORK UNTILL U DROP DEAD, NO SSI FOR U OR YOUR KIDS; Because BUSH SCAMED U! IT’S ONLY LEGAL 2 OVER CHARGE ON GAS. WE NEED 2 REGULATE OUR PRESIDENT’S BETTER than WE DO OUR comtractor’s!

  11. Lisa says:

    And to the BBB: Your company is a scam too! Example: Look up Asphalt contractor’s or any type of Comtractor u need and count the # of complaints filed against each contractor, then look at the BBB’s rating of each comtractor. If u do this u will notice that thex will give the contractor (Who pays them their fee to be a member of their company) a BETTER RATING along with the same comment “this contractor/company did everything in their power to try to please this customer…” But a contractor/Company (that doesn’t pay to be a member) and will actualy HAVE LESS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST THEM; THEY (BBB) WILL GIVE THAT CONTRACTOR A “LOWER RATING”! SO, BBB LADY YOU NEED TO BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS YOURSELF!

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