An 87-year-old McAlester woman became a victim of home repair fraud when a man forced himself into her home and demanded payment for roof repair that was never done, officials said.
Pittsburg County Sheriff Investigator Tommy Lyons said Wednesday afternoon two men in a pickup truck with a J & S Roofing sign pulled up in front of the victim’s home on Peaceable Road, pulled out a ladder and climbed on the roof and began walking around.
Then one of the men came down and allegedly forced himself into the house and told the woman they were going to do “warranty repair” and then demanded $1,200 in payment, according to Lyons.
“No work was ever done and the woman was forced to write a check for $1,200,” Lyons said.
By the time the sheriff’s office was called the check was cashed at a local bank and the men were gone, he said.
Lyons said he wants to let the community know that this type of fraud is going on.
“We want to prevent more people from becoming victims,” He said.
“Do not open your door if you don’t know the person,” Lyons said.
“Lock your door and call 911 or your local law enforcement immediately if you feel you are in danger; Don’t wait until its too late.
Lyons said the suspects are still at large.
Anyone with information in this case can contact him at 918-423-5858.
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.